The housing crisis not only affects the dispossessed and homeless but also the locked out generation who are struggling to get a foothold in the Irish property market.
At one point, while talking about Apple’s plan to build a data centre in Ireland, someone quipped that the reason planning permission takes so long in this country is because we used to be a very corrupt nation and the rules that are in place now are as a result of that.
Whether that’s true or not as a nation we're becoming more adept at demanding accountability. This week’s guilty verdict in the Drumm trial is a prime example of justice however there is a lot more to be done in regulating Irish banks to ensure depositors aren’t left exposed yet again.
With the introduction of GDPR many would be forgiven for thinking Fianna Fail have exercised their right to be forgotten but we must never forget the Bertie legacy. However accountability for the housing crisis ultimately lies with Fine Gael and trusting them to fix it would be like trusting Ronald McDonald to be your dietician when you need to lose 10lb.
In the aftermath of any revolution there is accountability. The repeal campaign was a grass roots movement and despite the landslide result not one politician has stepped down as a representative of the people.
In one sense the Repeal referendum came too early, if it was launched to coincide with elections we could have gained some serious ground for liberal politics in Ireland. Come the next election we’re now left reminding people about who broke the country, who sold the country, and those who stood in the way of the country.
Voting out the debris is the only way to progress. In March of this year the Irish Examiner printed a list of 32 TD’s who voted against holding a referendum on repealing the eight. They were:
Bobby Aylward, Sean Barrett, Declan Breathnach, Mary Butler, Jackie Cahill, Sean Canney, Pat Casey, Shane Cassells, Jack Chambers, Michael Collins, John Curran, Michael Fitzmaurice, Peter Fitzpatrick, Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher, Noel Grealish, Sean Haughey, Danny Healy-Rae, Michael Healy-Rae, Michael Lowry, Marc MacSharry, Mattie McGrath, John McGuinness, Aindrias Moynihan, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, Eugene Murphy, Carol Nolan, Kevin O’Keeffe, Frank O’Rourke, Éamon Ó Cuív, Eamon Scanlon, Brendan Smith, and Niamh Symth.
Putting all this data together is one way to determine where seats will be lost and challenged in the next election. At the moment there are way more 'No' TDs than there are 'No' seats available. The decent thing for some of these TD's to do would be to step down and let us have byelections. The political revolution did not end with the referendum. Repeal was only the beginning and by the time the next election ends we will have accountability.