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Minister hopes to maneuver on report into alleged Donegal planning corruption ‘by finish of 12 months’

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien says he hopes to carry a memo to authorities on the Mulcahy report by the top of 2023.

A report into alleged planning corruption in Donegal stays “into account” regardless of it being accomplished in 2017.

“This matter is extraordinarily advanced and requires very cautious consideration,” Minister O’Brien advised Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Deputy Eoin Ó Broi.

Minister O’Brien, who’s recurrently queried on the report, stated this week that “The Report is a scoping report and as such it doesn’t make findings as to the reality or in any other case of allegations which were made by a person towards named individuals.”

He stated he’s nonetheless contemplating the report and the in depth authorized advices acquired from the Legal professional Normal’s workplace, “provided that the Report particulars unproven allegations towards named individuals”.

Senior counsel Rory Mulcahy was appointed in 2015 to conduct a evaluate into allegations by whistleblower Gerard Convie that there have been extreme irregularities within the native council’s planning division within the early 2000s.

Mr Convie had challenged the findings of an inner evaluate into his allegations, which questioned his motives, within the Excessive Courtroom. In 2013, the Division of Atmosphere needed to withdraw the evaluate, overturn the findings, and apologise to Mr Convie.

Mr Convie had introduced a file of 20 pattern instances to the Authorities in 2010, prompting then Inexperienced Occasion atmosphere minister, John Gormley, to launch an impartial evaluate. 

That course of was deserted in 2011 with the change of presidency and his successor, Phil Hogan, ordered an inner evaluate. That was accomplished in 2012 and concluded there was no proof of irregularities and questioned Mr Convie’s motive in making the claims.

Mr Mulcahy delivered his report in June 2017, nevertheless it has but to be revealed. 

Minister O’Brien stated that his Division is participating with numerous stakeholders on the matter, specifically the Legal professional Generals Workplace and the Workplace of the Planning Regulator.

He stated: “The place entry to the report has been withheld by my Division from Entry to Data on the Atmosphere requests or Freedom of Data requests, the choices by each the Commissioner for Environmental Data (OCE-103174-W9G4J2 (Legacy Reference CEI-18-0019)) of 13 February 2019 and the Data Commissioner (OIC-59426-Q8D7T8) of 27 February 2020, had been taken under consideration.

“It must be famous that in every of those instances, each the Commissioner for Environmental Data and the Data Commissioner determined to not grant entry to the report. Each choices are publicly obtainable on these our bodies’ web sites. Additional, the Workplace of the Data Commissioner choice acknowledged ‘inserting the small print involved within the public area would considerably breach the rights to privateness of identifiable people’.”


Minister hopes to maneuver on report into alleged Donegal planning corruption ‘by finish of 12 months’ was final modified: October twentieth, 2023 by Employees Author