Office of planning regulator urgently required - Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has this afternoon said the Government must allow for a bill establishing an office of independent planning regulator to proceed through the Oireachtas as a matter of urgency.
Speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil, Deputy Adams told An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny that “there’s no point in condemning political corruption unless you’re prepared to tackle it”.
Teachta Adams said:
“Citizens’ will be understandably incensed at the revelations of corruption by a number of politicians exposed by the 'RTÉ Investigates' programme last night.
“In 2012, Judge Mahon said that ‘corruption in Irish political life was both endemic and systemic’. However, eighteen years after the Mahon Tribunal began its work, and three years after it made its final report, the Government has yet to implement the recommendation of Judge Mahon to appoint an independent planning regulator.
“The Taoiseach promised a ‘democratic revolution’, but he hasn’t delivered it - a fact that merely serves to highlight the Taoiseach’s complete failure to live up to the promise in his Five Point Plan to deliver ‘New Politics’.
“In May of this year, Sinn Féin brought forward a private members’ motion calling for an independent planning regulator. The Government voted against the Sinn Féin proposal.
“The Taoiseach should be aware that there’s no point in condemning corruption unless he’s prepared to tackle it.
“In 2012, Minister Alan Kelly - who now has responsibility for planning, but who has since buried his head in the sand on matters of planning irregularities - said that Fianna Fáil ‘polluted this country with corruption’.
“I agree with him on that point. But they weren’t alone. Fine Gael - the what’s in it for me party - were with them along the way. Last night’s programme illustrates that quite clearly.
“The Taoiseach must now ensure that sufficient time is set aside for Teachta Brian Stanley’s Planning and Development Bill 2015, which establishes the independent planning regulator envisaged in the Mahon Report, to proceed through the Oireachtas as a matter of urgency."