No sign of publication after 40 appeals to Dáil – Donegal Daily

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Dáil Éireann has heard over 40 calls for the publication of the Mulcahy report into serious allegations of planning corruption in Donegal.

However, after five years, the document remains on the desk of the Minister of Housing. There is no timeline on when it will be presented to Cabinet.

Thomas Pringle TD again called for the release of the report, criticizing the ‘veil of secrecy’ around mica and planning issues in Donegal.

Speaking to the Dáil yesterday, Deputy Pringle said: “Yesterday in the Irish Examiner, Aoife Grace Moore reported on the continuing controversy surrounding the acquisition of five houses by Donegal County Council, which, as a council engineer put it in writing before the purchase was approved: ‘have mica and will require extensive repair work.’

“At the heart of the matter is openness, transparency and accountability, and whether or not proper procedures and due diligence were followed,” he said.

Deputy Pringle raised the issue with Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, during Thursday’s questioning about the promised legislation.

The MP said: ‘Yet this is not the only cloudy cloud hanging over Donegal County Council. The Mulcahy report, commissioned in 2015, has been gathering dust on the minister’s desk for more than five years now. More than 40 times members of this chamber, including ironically the current minister himself, have called for its publication, but in vain.

The Mulcahy report examines alleged planning irregularities in Donegal.

The MP said he raised more than 35 parliamentary questions and submitted two freedom of information requests on the mica issue during this term of the Dáil.

Deputy Pringle said: ‘The standard of responses to most leaves much to be desired.

“The shroud of secrecy surrounding mica and planning issues in Donegal is destroying trust in county public administration,” he said.

Deputy Pringle asked the Tánaiste: “Do you want to commit to publishing the Mulcahy report in its entirety and urging your fellow ministers to embrace a culture of openness?”

The Tánaiste said he would raise the matter with Minister O’Brien and Minister Burke and ask them to come back directly to Deputy Minister Pringle.

Mulcahy report: No sign of publication after 40 appeals to Dáil was last modified: February 25, 2022 by Rachel McLaughlin


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