See Ranking of economies - Doing Business - World Bank Group ,third column,latest World Bank Rankings. Ireland ranks 106 for difficulty in dealing with construction permits,in the company of impoverished third world countries:Ecuador 104, Pakistan 105,Equitorial Guinea 107, Dominican Republic 108. Typical advanced country rankings are UK 20,Germany 14,France 52,Canada 69 and US 17.
This Irish poor performance is a disgrace in the economic depression,given the urgent need to create jobs.
I assume nothing has been done to moderate the Irish planning appeals system that allows endless appeals. Given that the UK ranks 20th despite very stringent planning,these endless Irish appeals do little or nothing for quality of planning decisions and merely please NIMBYs and cantankerous Shell to Sea types.