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Serious questions raised after RTE Investigates programme – Colreavy

8 December, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has called on the government to address the serious issues raised in RTE Investigates programme on corruption in public office.

In particular, Deputy Colreavy has asked that the government examine whether wind farm developments have been subject to such planning irregularities in the past.

Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:

“Firstly, I would like to congratulate RTE for producing such a fine piece of investigative journalism.

“Such a production illustrates the value of public sector broadcasting and its value to Irish society.

“There were some very serious issues addressed in last night’s programme.

“The impact of these allegations have on the public’s faith in the political system cannot be underestimated.

“What must also come under scrutiny is how councillors vote on planning decisions for developments such as wind farms, as was mentioned in last night’s programme.

“Wind farm projects have been the issue of much controversy in the recent past due to the lack of government regulation of the planning aspect of the projects.

“Local communities have felt very aggrieved that these projects have been imposed on their communities without consideration to the lives of those living nearby.

“The government must now investigate to see whether there have been any irregularities, similar to those portrayed in last night’s programme, in the planning of these wind farms.

“Questions must be asked as to whether current developments undergoing planning procedures are open to corruption.

“Until such an investigation has taken place and until such time as proper regulations about wind farms have been issued by government, we call on a moratorium on wind farm projects.

“There has to be a regulatory system to tackle white collar crime such as this.

“We cannot depend on RTE to be the force to catch out such criminals.”

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