The former minister for the environment, John Gormley, had left open the possibility of appointing special investigators as part of a series of external inquiries into planning which were shelved by the current government.
Gormley was considering using the specially-appointed officers to compel certain evidence that would not have been available to an internal departmental inquiry without specific ministerial intervention, according to sources close to the previous administration.
Gormley was believed to be most concerned...
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