Green leader claims government isn’t prioritising planning investigations

The leader of the Green Party is accusing the Government of arrogance over its decision not to proceed with seven planning investigations, including one in Donegal.

The inquiries were set up by Eamon Ryan's predecessor John Gormley - during his time as Minister for the Environment.

The current Environment Minister Phil Hogan says external investigations haven't been ruled out - but will only be considered after the information received from the relevant local authorities has been examined internally first.

However, Eamon Ryan says it's clear Fine Gael and Labour aren't giving this the attention it deserves........

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The Government says if there's any hint of corruption in planning files being examined, then an inquiry will take place.

The coalition's again insisting there's no attempt at a cover-up after announcing a further review of files relating to the seven councils, including Donegal.

Housing and Planning Minister Jan O'Sullivan says there will not be any cover-up...........

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