Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Select Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government
Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021: Committee Stage (Resumed)
Section 144 relates to an appeal by the holder of the relevant authorisation against a decision to impose a major sanction. That would be dealt with by the High Court. Will the Minister of State explain, if an entity is trying to defend a decision to impose a major sanction and the holder of the authorisation is saying that there should not be a sanction, whether people such as non-governmental organisations, the public or stakeholders would have a right to give evidence on their view about whether the sanction was justified? If the holder of the authorisation is saying that there is nothing to be seen, nothing has been done wrong and a sanction is not deserved, how would those proceedings operate?