Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 12 December 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government
Update on Rebuilding Ireland: Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
I will make an observation that the Minister might consider. It is not appropriate for elected public representatives to lodge objections to planning applications, particularly social housing or Traveller accommodation. The system is in place. Members of the public can object if they wish. The local authority makes a decision and if people are not happy with it, they can appeal it to An Bord Pleanála. I call on councillors and Members of the Oireachtas to be careful and not to object to social housing. We have a housing crisis and we all have to show leadership on it.