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Stanley calls for independent planning regulator to tackle corruption

8 December, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, has called for the appointment of an independent planning regulator to help to stamp out corruption within the planning process. He was speaking during a debate on corruption in the Dáil following last night’s revelations regarding certain county councillors.

Deputy Stanley said:

“As the motion states, the Government has failed to act on all of the recommendations of the Mahon report, particularly one of the main proposals on the regulator. This has meant that there are really no greater protections against corruption by elected representatives of the type that led to the Mahon and Flood and Moriarty tribunals being established in the first place. It would still appear that there are some chancers willing to take advantage of their position of trust.

“One of the recommendations of the Mahon report was to establish an office of an independent planning regulator. That has not been done, nor does the published Government bill containing provision for a planning regulator fulfil the recommendation that the office be independent.  The regulator would be appointed by the Public Appointments Service through open competition

“Indeed it is doubtful even if that bill will come before the house before the election. That is why I published a bill during the summer which specifically undertakes to establish an office of an independent planning regulator. I will be moving that bill in the house.”

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