MICHAEL CLIFFORD: We’re not properly planning for the future

One-off housing is not a big issue in relation to climate change but it is arguably a contributor to the rapid decline in the fortunes of rural Ireland, writes Michael Clifford.

A YOUNG couple whom I know are staking out their future. They have received planning permission for their first home, about three miles outside the Midlands town where they were reared.

Word has it that a local politician — who shall go unnamed — “got” them the planning permission. What exactly this politician “got” is unclear, but the main thing is that a perception has gone out that something was done, for which this individual deserves reward at the ballot box.

When I asked a relative of the young woman why they didn’t choose to live in the town, she looked at me like I’d two heads. “Why would they do that,” she said.

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