This article first appeared in the Sunday Business Post on the 7th of February 2016
Below is some well-intentioned advice on what could be done to improve the housing situation
That commentary is often critical is a natural by-product of looking at a situation as it is and considering how it could be. Ideals are not the same as standards and what ought to be is often far from what is.
For that reason I hope to look at areas in the coming weeks where improvements could be made in the Irish property market to achieve specific aims of lowering the cost of housing and delivering more housing.
I know the fine folks in the Department of the Environment read this column, as they sometimes are kind enough to complain to my editor about how we deal with subjects, so hopefully this will be taken in the spirit of some well-intentioned advice.
First off, we should end construction levies. These are up-front taxes or development levies based on the square meterage that you intend to build. The issue with them …