December 3, 2023

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

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

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

Minister O’Brien, who’s commonly queried on the report, mentioned 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 mentioned he’s nonetheless contemplating the report and the intensive authorized advices obtained from the Lawyer Common’s workplace, “on condition that the Report particulars unproven allegations towards named individuals”.

Senior counsel Rory Mulcahy was appointed in 2015 to conduct a evaluation 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 evaluation into his allegations, which questioned his motives, within the Excessive Court docket. In 2013, the Division of Atmosphere needed to withdraw the evaluation, 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 Celebration atmosphere minister, John Gormley, to launch an impartial evaluation. 

That course of was deserted in 2011 with the change of presidency and his successor, Phil Hogan, ordered an inner evaluation. 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, however it has but to be revealed. 

Minister O’Brien mentioned that his Division is participating with varied stakeholders on the matter, specifically the Lawyer Generals Workplace and the Workplace of the Planning Regulator.

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

“It needs to be famous that in every of those instances, each the Commissioner for Environmental Info and the Info Commissioner determined to not grant entry to the report. Each selections are publicly out there on these our bodies’ web sites. Additional, the Workplace of the Info Commissioner resolution acknowledged ‘inserting the main points 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 yr’ was final modified: October twentieth, 2023 by Workers Author