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Burning Down The Infrastructure

It’s hardly going to be shocking news to Greystonians, but a new study reveals that over 900 houses built in Wicklow last year were constructed without enough schools, transport and drainage.

The study was conducted by architect Orla Hegarty, a leading housing expert from UCD.

Hegarty also stated that 30% of all new estates – boasting more than 3,800 homes – built in 2019 are located in just seven Dublin commuter belt towns, adding to those long and grinding journeys every single morning into work.

The seven towns Hegarty highlighted for her study were Greystones (with 465 houses), Wicklow Town (451), Naas (829), Dunsaughlin in County Meath (429), Celbridge (659), Navan (494) and Drogheda (539).

States Hegarty, “So, 3,866 new homes, over 10,000 people, are going into areas without adequate infrastructure, schools, water, drainage, transport. People in these towns who raise legitimate concerns about this are not Nimbys [Not In My Back Yard]. These are real issues for existing communities, impacting on quality of life, access to services, congestion, etc.

“This is why ‘planning’ is so important,” she finishes.

Having done her study in response to figures released by the Central Statistics Office, which revealed that 21,000 homes were built in 2019, Hergarty explains, “People are moving for ‘affordability’ and ‘space’, resulting in long commutes, road congestion, long childcare hours, lack of amenities, remoteness from family/friends, and a bigger carbon footprint for life.”

Ms Hegarty also pointed out that while buyers can afford the new houses, they come at a massive cost to the State, through new infrastructure, schools, services and public transport.

It’s worth noting too that just 909 housing units – 5% of the total build – were constructed in Dublin last year, most of them small apartments which were sold to build-to-rent investors who are charging up to €2,000 a month for two-bedroom units.

As the old saying goes, every cloud has some fecker making silver out of the doom and gloom. 


  1. Therese Wood says:

    Keep writing Paul…your wit reaches all the way from Greystones to Uganda!

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