paul h wrote:Thats very interesting, do you think a change in government would actually make a diiference with fast tracking major pieces of (critical) infrasructure?
Or is it maybe the actual system is the problem, where individuals can hold up project that will benefit the country as a whole
At the risk of sounding like some kind of dictator, there should be a need to weigh things up and make decisions based on how they will benefit the nation, not how it will affect a few individuals.
There should be cold hearted decision makers where national infastructure projects are concerned
If Mr O Brians grocery store is in the way of a new metro stop(national road, important office complex etc..), then its adios Mr O'B
I genuinely do, there would certainly be a more balanced split between roads and public transport for starters.
Of course there has been a lot more quantum of development in the past 15 years but I would strongly contend that this has been a macro gain as opposed to localised micro gains.
Over 30% of residential units built are one off houses, probably another 40% are large housing estates in areas that are not ideal locations and would be rejected as locations in almost all other OECD countries.
The next decade has to be about quality of life and infrastructural initiatives that are focussed on the existing population and not about growth for the sake of growth.
The FF stated election policy that we need to create another 250,000 jobs and continue with the same development pattern would be humourous if they didn't intend to actually do it.
What Ireland needs right now is to take a step back realise that the workforce is already suffcient and provide the transport, health, education and communications systems to support the existing population to the same standards as you would expect in nordic countries.
I am not racist but the idea of economic growth to accomodate 200,000 migrants from Eastern Europe does not appeal especially considering that a very small percentage of the population profit almost exclusively from the minimum wage and maximum rents that this section of society are offered.