Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Revised National Development Plan: Discussion

Photo of Ruairi Ó MurchúRuairi Ó Murchú (Louth, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I thank Mr. Walsh and Ms Graham for appearing before us. I think Mr. Walsh spoke about the sanctity of the planning process. This is not the first time there has been interaction regarding the significant difficulties in the planning process. Obviously, we have the Attorney General's review at this point in time. What is the roadmap for the witnesses in respect of that? Have they made a submission or will they make one? Has there been at least an initial conversation because this is obviously all about streamlining the process. There have been occasions when consultation at an early stage could have dealt with some difficulties. If we are going to have multiple lines of a process, including An Bord Pleanála, we need it resourced up to the hilt so there is no slowdown. What needs to change? What could improve this? Have the witnesses had any interaction that has only begun?


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