Public must have confidence in planning system: O'Brien

16/08/2022 15:45:00

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage has said the public must have trust in the planning system.

The Minister for Housing has said public trust in the planning system has been damaged. Darragh O'Brien was speaking after referring a report into the management of conflicts of interest at An Bord Pleanála to gardaí and the DPP | Read more:

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage has said the public must have trust in the planning system.

He referred the report, completed by Senior Counsel Remy Farrell, on the advice of the Attorney General.Last month, the Department of Housing confirmed that the then deputy chair of An Bord Pleanála, Paul Hyde, had resigned.He had previously temporarily stepped aside from his duties over concerns that he may have had a conflict of interest when it came to some planning decisions. He denied any wrongdoing.

Asked today if he believed that public confidence has been damaged, Minister O'Brien said"there is no question", adding that he has changed how the board itself now operates.Mr O'Brien said that other steps he had taken before the allegations were made on how the board operates, include the appointment of a legal advisor to sit on the board that will report to him on a monthly basis, and the cessation of the two-person decision making panels.

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Are you going to credit the publication that broke this story? Have ye any journalistic integrity at all? If you care about public trust in the planning system then release the Mulcahy Report DarraghOBrienTD Why did you pull the article about the huge increase in ambulance services here and abroad? Public trust in anything connected to this government was lost a long time ago.

Public trust in this entire government has been damaged. The polls demonstrate this. The country is crumbling due to this government’s mismanagement. Completely incompetent. They should resign now before they push it beyond repair. Time to go.