A Bord Pleanála report will not be released during the criminal investigation

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A lead attorney’s report into the allegations against a former member of An Bord Pleanála will not be released until the criminal investigation has concluded.

The report, produced by Remy Farrell SC with assistance from Chris Mills BL, was submitted to Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien last month, who then forwarded a copy to An Garda Síochána.

Mr Farrell was appointed in April to look into the matter after a series of reports published by the website The gap accused then-board vice-chairman Paul Hyde of conflicts of interest.

Catherine Pierse, the Director of Public Prosecutions, advised Mr. O’Brien that the report should not be released until the criminal investigation is complete and a decision has been made on the prosecution, Irish weather reports.

If a lawsuit is filed, it could be years before the report sees the light of day. Even if there are no prosecutions, it will be up to the Minister to decide whether the report will be published or not, and whether sections should be redacted or not.

A spokesperson for Mr O’Brien said: ‘The DPP has returned to the statement that the report will not be released until An Garda Síochána has completed its investigation and a decision has been made. been taken regarding possible prosecution.”

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