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Adams raises disappearance of corruption files from Minister’s office

13 May, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD raised serious allegations that a file on corruption in Wicklow had mysteriously disappeared from the office of former Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.

Teachta Adams was speaking on a Sinn Fein Private Members motion which seeks to establish An Independent Planning Regulator, as recommended by the Mahon Tribunal.

Teachta Adams said:

“Eighteen years after the Mahon Tribunal commenced; three years after it made its final report; and four years after Fine Gael and Labour assumed office, you have still not implemented the recommendations of the Mahon Report.

“In one of his first acts as Minister Phil Hogan, since promoted by the Taoiseach to the prestigious position of EU Commissioner, shut down an inquiry initiated by his predecessor John Gormley.”

Mr. Adams said that Environment Minister Alan Kelly was aware of serious allegations of planning corruption in Wicklow but nothing, to date, had been done to act on them.

These included an allegation that in September 2014 a file relating to allegations of planning corruption in Wicklow was removed from the office of Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly.

 “The seriousness of this last allegation surely underlines the need for a full inquiry into all matters related to the alleged Wicklow irregularities.”

The Sinn Fein Leader said that the establishment of an Independent Planning Regulator Central to the Mahon Tribunal recommendations and he called for a stand-alone Bill to establish such an office could be published before the summer recess. 

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