Taoiseach won’t rebuke minister for denouncing housing plan

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Taoiseach won’t rebuke minister for denouncing housing plan


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – in Venice yesterday. Photo: Andrea Avezzù
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – in Venice yesterday. Photo: Andrea Avezzù

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has refused to criticise one of his ministers for publicly denouncing a Government plan for 470 homes in her constituency.

An awkward dispute emerged when Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy presented the plans for a site in Inchicore, south Dublin, but was interrupted by his Cabinet colleague Catherine Byrne, who said the project was the “wrong decision at the wrong time”.

Asked about his ministers disputing publicly about the plans, Mr Varadkar said he believed the development was the type the country needed to be pursuing – but said he would not criticise Ms Byrne for raising constituency concerns.

“I appreciate there is a difference of opinion on the future of St Michael’s Estate… It wouldn’t be the first time that a minister or politician opposed a housing development in their own constituency for local reasons – I’ve done it myself so I’m not going to be overly critical of Minister Byrne on this,” he said.

He said he “totally understands” Ms Byrne must raise issues on behalf of her constituents and said her concerns are genuine.

Mr Varadkar said it would ultimately be Dublin City Council that would vote on the plan.

Irish Independent

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