Politicians are paralysed by fear of property owners’ revolt

Prices and rents keep rising, yet there is no shortage of land. So is the real issue zoning and nimbyism?

Housing estate

Colm McCarthy

Affordability is the only issue in housing policy. The number of units built, for purchase or for rent, whether by public authorities or by private sector developers, is irrelevant. Policy targets expressed in units to be constructed are an evasion.

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