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Poll: Is it time to stop treating property developers as 'social pariahs'?

Today, we’re asking is it time to forgive the property developers and no longer consider them as “social pariahs”, as government minister Brian Hayes suggests?

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A GOVERNMENT MINISTER has said that we should no consider property developers as “social pariahs”, as the outgoing chairman of the country’s planning authority expressed regret that the body did not take a tougher stance on residential development and bad zoning.

The junior minister for finance Brian Hayes said that “despite the excesses and hubris of some developers,” we should not see them “as social pariahs suffering from some horrible disease.”

The comments came on the same day that the outgoing chair of An Bord Pleanála, John O’Connor, said that excessive and unsustainable zoning had contributed to the property bubble, expressing regret that the organisation was not tougher on residential development during the boom.

With those comments, today we’re asking is it time to forgive the developers and no longer consider them as “social pariahs”, as Brian Hayes suggests?

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