Housing crisis: Different standard when it’s your backyard

Aodhan O’Riordan and Finian McGrath.

Aodhan O’Riordan and Finian McGrath are two politicians who appear eager to tackle the housing crisis but wish to insulate their own back yards from the emergency, writes Michael Clifford

Finian McGrath made no bones about his sworn duty. He will stand shoulder to shoulder with his people, irrespective of the terrible fate that might be visited on him. He will remain steadfast to his principles.

“My job is to represent the people who live in my local area and I will stand by them regardless of the consequences,” he told RTÉ’s Prime Time last Tuesday.

What terrible fate would await him for lashing himself to the standard of his locale? Would he be dragged away to be flogged? Or would he just be exposing himself to the charge of breathtaking hypocrisy which might call into question his fitness to be a member of government?

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