Reporting in yesterday’s Sunday Times, Colin Coyle detailed how agriculture minister Simon Coveney’s former sailing partner architect Paul Hyde has been appointed to An Bord Pleanála by Minister Phil Hogan after having been appointed to the board of the Marine Institute in 2012 by Coveney.
Mr Hyde is due to resign from the Marine Institute to take up the planning position at a salary of €111,214.
Coveney and Hyde were in school together in PBC Cork and have been members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. They co-owned a yacht Dark Angel previously. Hyde’s father, Stephen has donated at least twice to Coveney’s election campaigns, giving €2,500 for the 2007 general election.
Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland, Marine.ie