Wednesday, 6 October 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
41. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government further to previous Parliamentary Questions querying the four year delay in publication of the report A Review into Certain Planning Matters in Respect of Donegal County Council, if he will provide a headline descriptor for each of the specific issues that he is considering; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48580/21]
42. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will provide a definitive timeline for the publication of the report A Review into Certain Planning Matters in Respect of Donegal County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48581/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 41 and 42 together.
I am considering the report, entitled 'A Review Into Certain Planning Matters in Respect of Donegal County Council', by Mr. Rory Mulcahy S.C., and will bring this matter to Government for consideration in due course.
In this regard, the decisions of the Commissioner for Environmental Information (CEI/18/0019) of 13 February 2019 and the Information Commissioner (OIC-59426-Q8D7T8) of 27 February 2020 in relation to requests to publish this report will also be taken into account.Both decisions are publicly available on those bodies' websites.
It should be noted that in each of these cases, both the Commissioner for Environmental Information and the Information Commissioner decided not to grant access to the report. The Office of the Information Commissioner decision stated "placing the details concerned in the public domain would significantly breach the rights to privacy of identifiable individuals." Therefore, this is a matter that requires careful consideration.