Gerard Convie (top) and (below) from left: editor of Village Magazine, Michael Smith, Ian Lumley from An Taisce and Mr Convie in Buswells Hotel today.
A press conference held by Village magazine earlier to highlight allegations made by Gerard Convie, a former planner in Donegal, about the system of planning permissions in the county.
Allegations [see link below] the Department of Environment and its outgoing Minister Phil Hogan dismissed as “spurious”.
Michael Smith of Village writes:
“There needs to be awareness that impropriety in planning was not limited to Dublin; and impropriety in Donegal not limited to Garda. Gerard Convie, a very senior insider in the planning department, has made serious allegations about the system of planning permissions in Donegal. It is a scandal that the Department of the Environment said he had failed to produce evidence of wrongdoing. Though at considerable public expense this view was eventually repudiated, how it arose must be investigated – and officials and the Minister [Phil Hogan] held to account. The repudiated view is directly analogous to the view the Department of Justice took on the respective credibilities of the Garda and its whistleblowers.. The Department must stop prevaricating and announce a proper review by a barrister into impropriety in Donegal planning under the 2000 Planning and Development Act (s255)…”
Previously: Spurious, You Say?
(Laura Hutton/Photocall ireland)