Mayor welcomes planing review report findings

The mayor of Donegal has welcomed the report of a planning review which considered allegations of wrong-doing made against Donegal County Council.

The mayor of Donegal has welcomed the report of a planning review which considered allegations of wrong-doing made against Donegal County Council.

The report from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government found there was no evidence of misconduct by council staff. The review was launched following allegations from a former council planner.

Mayor Noel McBride said: “Donegal County Council cooperated fully with the review and I welcome the evidently comprehensive nature of this review. I note in particular that the findings of the review explicitly reject allegations of any wrong doing in the Donegal Planning Authority. I hope that this now clears the way for the Council to continue with its focus on the development of the County and the release of potential as provided for in the recently adopted County Development Plan.”

Seven local authorities including Donegal County Council were examined by the review which was launched by former environment minister John Gormley in 2010.

While the report did not discover “systemic corruption in the planning system,” it did find maladministration, inconsistency and non-adherence to forward plans.