Written answers

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Planning Investigations

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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653. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the report into alleged planning irregularities in County Donegal will be published; and the action he plans to take arising from the contents of the report. [24851/19]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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The Review Into Certain Planning Matters In Respect Of Donegal County Council, by Mr. Rory Mulcahy S.C., was received by my Department in June, 2017.

Following initial analysis and assessment of the report’s findings and recommendations, including interaction with the Department’s own legal advisers and the Attorney General’s Office, a comprehensive set of queries and a request for advice in relation to certain matters, including potential dissemination or publication of the report, was submitted to the Attorney General's Office.

Following the receipt of the Attorney's advice, officials in my Department have considered the matter further and prepared a submission for my consideration in respect of, inter alia, the issue of publication or dissemination of the report.

I am considering the report and the extensive legal advices received. Once I have concluded my deliberations, I will be in a position to consider what actions, if necessary, need to be taken and to make a further statement on the matter.


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