Fianna Fáil TDs remain confident that the programme for government will pass, despite a second TD announcing that they will vote against the deal.
Dublin South West TD John Lahart has said that despite the document, which is being voted on by his party’s 18,000 members via postal ballot, having “a number of excellent proposals”, he feels that the section on housing would be detrimental to his constituency. Mr Lahart joins Éamon Ó Cuív in opposing the deal.
Mr Lahart wrote in the Business Post that he takes particular issue with the lack of a study into a Metro South line and the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) scheme, which allows developers to bypass local authorities and apply directly to An Bord Pleanála for planning permission.
He said the SHDs in his constituency are “dense, high-rise, build-to-rent developments… in a constituency where literally thousands of young adults were forced to return