Watchdog warned of planning concerns

The state’s local government watchdog expressed concerns to the Department of the Environment over planning irregularities at Carlow County Council just days before it emerged that a decision had been taken at ministerial level to scrap an independen

2nd July, 2011

The state’s local government watchdog expressed concerns to the Department of the Environment over planning irregularities at Carlow County Council just days before it emerged that a decision had been taken at ministerial level to scrap an independent review into the local authority.

In a report presented to environment minister Phil Hogan’s department in recent weeks, the head of the department’s own special local government audit service (LGAS) said he was highlighting his...

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