Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has handed the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy a number of sworn affidavits that allege serious planning irregularities in Wicklow.
He is calling on the Minister to immediately initiate an investigation into the allegations.
Speaking after meeting with Minister Eoghan Murphy and presenting him with a number of sworn affidavits Deputy Brady said “On Thursday I met with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy and handed him a number of sworn affidavits that make serious allegations around planning in Wicklow. I also gave him a letter outlining the serious concerns that go back a number of years and asked him to immediately have the allegations investigated.”
It’s incumbent on Minister Murphy to act now
“I have raised these concerns with him now on a number of occasions and met with him just before Easter. Unfortunately a number of previous Ministers who had the power to act on these allegations have failed to act. It’s incumbent on Minister Murphy to act now that he has been presented with sworn affidavits that outline serious allegations.”
The Sinn Féin group leader on the council Cllr Nicola Lawless said “The public must have total confidence in the local authority and the planning process, so it’s important that these allegations are thoroughly investigated.”
Deputy Brady continued “In December last year the Minister announced that the Office of the Planning Regulator (ORP) was to be established and that Mr Niall Cussen’s was to be appointed as an independent planning regulator. This was on foot of a recommendation of the Mahon Tribunal. The regulator has the power to review of the performance by planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála, of their planning functions, including assessing any risks of maladministration or corruption. “
Deputy Brady concluded “The Minister must act and immediately and ensure that these serious allegations are investigated by Office of the Planning Regulator.”