Cause for objection: What is going on at Bord Pleanála, and what happens next?

The shock resignation of planning board deputy chairman Paul Hyde may only be the beginning of the reckoning being faced by the beleaguered state body after last week’s three-hour PAC grilling of its chairman, which focused on governance issues, transparency and alleged conflicts of interest

An Bord Pleanála, Marlborough Street, Dublin: the beleaguered state body is facing a reckoning after the grilling of its chairman last week by the PAC. Picture: Maura Hickey

In May 2021, Dave Walsh, ​​the chairman of An Bord Pleanála, sat in front of the Dáil’s spending watchdog and laid down a marker.

“Our existence and reputation are based on transparency and accountability. Indeed, I would challenge anybody to say there is anything other than proper consideration given to all applications and appeals that come before us,” Walsh told the Public Accounts Committee.

He could not have known at the time that he would ...