[UPDATE: 30th September 2012. The complete register of 53,000-odd sales from January 2010 to September 2012 is here with dates, addresses and prices. The information is obtained from the Property Services Regulatory Authority.]
[The register is NOW available here and there’ll be a prize for anyone who reads the blogpost below, with a runner-up prize for anyone who finishes this sentence, before clicking on the link!]
On days like today, you might even feel like being forgiving of the former Fianna Fail housing minister Michael Finneran who repeatedly* parroted the same excuse in 2010 for not delivering a House Price Database when he used the Data Protection Act as a defence though he assured us the matter was being progressed by his Department and it was in the coalition Fianna Fail/Greens Programme For Government.
But junior minister Michael Finneran was just the latest in a long line of government politicians of every colour to promise to introduce a transparent price register and then fail to deliver once they were in power. Even this current government’s Minister for Justice Equality and Defence Alan Shatter has taken 19 months to get to the stage that today, we have at last the register that was recommended by Judge Kenny at the start of the 1970s.
Thank you IMF.
* Unfortunately as a result of recent IT changes on the Oireachtas website, links to Minister Finneran’s responses to parliamentary questions no longer work on the HPD blogpost which has tracked government progress in implementing the register. But this response in May 2010 is nearly identical to what were probably scores of similar questions in 2010 “The Department has held meetings with a broad range of interested parties to gather views on the shape that such a register might take. This range of interested parties includes the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Central Statistics Office, Institute of Auctioneers and Valuers of Ireland, Property Registration Authority, National Property Regulatory Services Authority and the Department of F nance. Once the work of this group has concluded, recommendations will be made to Government. The timing of the establishment of the register will be determined by a range of factors including the possible need to amend the Data Protection Acts to allow for achieved sales prices to be published”