MY MANIFESTO FOR THE BY ELECTION IN SOUTH DUBLIN JUNE 2009
MY VISION FOR IRELAND
Our fathers and grandfathers who struggled for our freedom had a vision of a free and independant people owning their own land, homes and businesses and being in control of their own destiny and making their own choices. They did not struggle for hundreds of years against British domination and exploitation only to have that freedom taken away from us by our very own Irish politicians under the pretense of planning for the common good.
It is now well exposed that the planning laws were nothing more than a recipe for bribery and corruption by greedy landowners posing as TD's, county councillors and auctioneers who control all land use for their own gain and deny the Irish people their rights to full ownership and all that confers on a land owner. I share that vision of the Irish republic which has been perverted by Fianna Fail with the introduction of the1964 and later planning laws and shared by the other political parties who have feasted out of the same banquet in the delusion that they know better than the people, what is good for the Irish people. They have transformed a republic of free people into a socialist republic which is now perilously close to bankruptcy and all because their planning laws have blown up in their faces, but they are in denial of that. They copied the British Town and Country Planning Act of 1948 and put it on the statute books of our republic taking total control of all land use from the hands of the land and home owners and vested it in the hands of bureaucratic planners.
Ireland would be a nation of free and independant people where landowners could build their homes or businesses close to the highways and roads so that from Dublin to Galway and from Cork to Wexford there would be homes and businesses strung out all along the route with concentrations of them in towns and villages which would have a variety of services and amenities as is traditional in all our towns. What we now have is a nanny state where politicians zone specific areas of land for development, allegedly for the common good, but in reality for the enrichment of those who have become known as the cute hoors. Builders buy that zoned land on which they can get planning permission and sell the houses to young people at inflated prices heaping a massive mortgage on the back of these innocent people.
Without that zoning these people could buy a field for a few thousand euros and build a home for a fraction of the price they pay a builder. They could have their unique home where they want it, rather than in a crowded estate of boringly similar houses on the edge of a town many miles from their families or workplace.
Clearly the most valuable sites would be on strategic corners near motorways, towns and cities but the market would find its level without the present distortion.
A rich person could afford to buy a site in a prominent place with a large garden while a poor person would be able to buy his home or land in a cheaper area. In all cases the market would have a level playing field and the market distortion that has caused the present catastrophe in our financial system could never happen.
A person should be free to build his house on a bog if he owns the bog. People have sense and will build where they find a site that suits their taste and their pocket.
Councils could provide cheap houses for people who couldnt afford any home and if they found themselves living next to a neighbour from hell they could easily move out.
Council planners built the Ballymun and Moyross failures to name only two.
If there were no planning restrictions as we have had for forty five years, the towns and villages of Ireland would be developed in a much more imaginative way had they been free of the planners impositions and extremely costly conditions.
Ireland's towns and villages were developed before the planning laws came in.
Young people starting a new business could start up without a mass of red tape that planning laws impose. Many people lose interest when they encounter the bureaucracy that must be overcome to start any business.
If James Gandon were alive in Ireland today he would be packing his bags for Dubai.
Commonsense basic laws should be enacted to regulate all developments. Laws such as no polluting of any watercourses. We know that the councils are the biggest polluters today. Take Galway water for example.
No building should be closer than twenty five yards from the centre of any road, river, railway or canal.
A minimum area of car parking space to be provided in front of all businesses and houses.
No access from lands on to any motorways.
Motorways kept clear of all development including services so that one could quickly travel from city to city if one needed a clear run. On the rest of the roads people would see all the range of businesses as they drove along the roads while today a person has to search through industrial estates in backwater places to find many businesses.
Why should you be prevented from turning your home into apartments if you need the income?
Why should you be prevented from making a car park out of your front garden?
Why should you be prevented from running your business from a garage at the side of your house?
Why should a land owner not be able to build a house for his children on his own land?
Planning has imposed an unnecessary layer of architect and engineer's fees and endless delay and bureaucracy on all enterprising people with plans for innovation, not to mention the huge fees that councils are now demanding for that permission under the guise of a contribution to existing infrastructure. In reality these payments carry and sustain that layer of bureaucrats imposed by the planning laws.
MY TRACK RECORD IS CLEAR IN OPPOSING THE PLANNING LAWS.
That was the 2007 general election and the 2009 by election and only a handful voted for me and now what I warned the public about has come to pass. Ireland is in dire straits financially and the politicians who got us into the quicksands dont have the ability to get us out and havent the grace to admit that they are failures.
NAMA was their get out card to temporarily hide their massive losses and keep the banks from total shutdown, and sadly they dont even fully understand what that is all about or how it will impact on the nation.
Facing national bankruptcy back in late 2008 the Fianna Fail government were not capable of putting their tribal differences aside for the good of the nation and meeting with Fianna Gael and the Labour parties to agree a joint national strategy and attempt to hold the confidence of the international creditors. Instead they washed their dirty linen in public for party political gain and the whole Irish economy imploded as a result.
Today we have a republic of supposedly free and independent people who cannot even cut turf on their own boglands to keep themselves warm in the cold Winter days because of our idiotic nanny state bureaucrats.
You cannot own a dog, a radio or tv set without a licence.
You cannot fish in the rivers flowing through your own land without a licence.
Most of all you cant build a house on your own land with your own money without grovelling and paying a large fee for the permission to do what was your right.
These repressive laws have been enacted by our own elected politicians and are enforced with massive fines by judges who are paid inflated salaries to control the people.