The Sunday Business Post.
What a pity that Jennifer O’Connell (SPB 18th October) should reduce a reasonably balanced piece about the need for good planning to a typically mean-spirited attack on those living in Council housing.
Thanks to the foresight of my predecessors as Dublin City Councillors my parents had the opportunity to secure a Council house and myself and my brothers and sisters a family home. That was more than fifty years ago. I don’t think that, we as a family have wreaked havoc on the area since. When I married myself and my wife, bought a house built by Dublin Corporation in, at that time, primarily a Council housing estate. Over the half century since the estate was built it has been a good place to raise many families and it is a good place to raise my children. The only other house I have lived in was The Mansion House in Dawson Street – surely one of the best Council provided homes in the country.
Yes, we need good planning and yes we need to provide a good mixture of housing types. Perhaps also we need to revert to an Ireland that saw housing as a human need rather than an investment opportunity.
Councillor Dermot Lacey