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Anyone found guilty of planning corruption must face full rigours of the law - McDonald

25 March, 2010


Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald has said anyone found to be guilty of corrupt planning decisions as a result of the publication to the reports on the Dublin Docklands Development Authority must be made to face the full rigours of the law.

Ms. McDonald said the reality is that the authority was in bed with Anglo Irish Bank to line the pockets of the fat cats while the return for local communities was very minimal.

Speaking today Ms. McDonald said:

“The reports on the Dublin Docklands Development Authority should have been published immediately by the Minister. It was quite obvious that sections of the media had hold of the documents and they should rightly have been be made available to the general public and their representatives.

“Anybody found to be guilty of corrupt planning decisions must be made to face the full rigours of the law regardless of the political implications for any politician or political party.

“The reality of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority is quite different to the spin that was used at the time of its establishment. Communities in the inner city such as Sheriff Street, North Wall and East Wall were all to benefit from its establishment. However, it turned out the authority was in bed with Anglo Irish Bank to line the pockets of the fat cats and the return to the local community was minimal.

“And now, as a result of this whole mess, the state may well be faced with substantial costs for damages the bill for which will of course have to be picked up by the taxpayer once again.” ENDS

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