David McWilliams: ‘Contented classes’ could be biggest threat to Irish economy

Local opposition to MetroLink and other infrastructure projects stymies growth

Cranes in the Dublin skyline in the docklands area: Organised local opposition to major infrastructural initiatives  retard economic growth and threaten Ireland’s future. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cranes in the Dublin skyline in the docklands area: Organised local opposition to major infrastructural initiatives retard economic growth and threaten Ireland’s future. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If asked to list the significant threats to the Irish economy, you might be inclined to identify Brexit, artificial intelligence or the EU approach to our tax system. Or you might think about the shortcomings of our education system, the lack of proper housing or the general cost of living.

Typically, we perceive threats to be part of “the system”, the political class, the banks or some events far away over which we have little control, such as Donald Trump or contagion in global financial markets. And then there are threats to the system coming from radicals who want to force change and lurch to some extreme or other.

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