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Stanley calls for full inquiry into Donegal planning claims

9 July, 2014 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokeperson on Local Government Brian Stanley TD has called on the Government to establish a full inquiry into claims of planning improprieties made by former Donegal Senior Planner Gerard Convie.

Deputy Stanley was speaking today following a meeting with Mr Convie.

Deputy Stanley said;

“Having met with Mr Convie and read through the case studies which he presented in support of his claims, I believe that there are substantial grounds for a full independent inquiry to establish whether there were any improprieties that would be subject to legal investigation.

“Donegal was originally made subject to an independent review ordered by John Gormley which was unsatisfactory. In the light of that Minister for State Jan O’Sullivan asked the Attorney General to examine the claims made by Mr Convie. I have asked her if that process has been completed and if she will make available its findings.

“I am also calling for the appointment of an independent Planning Regulator. That was one of the recommendations of the Mahon Report and was accepted in principle by the Government to be implemented but they have not done so.”


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