Donegal council refused to engage in talks on €3bn mica scheme over confidentiality term

Local authority has refused to participate in a review of the rules underpinning the scheme because senior executives were told not to share the document with elected councillors

Donegal County Council informed Darragh O’Brien that it would not participate in the talks because the draft regulations had to be “confidential”. Picture: Getty Images

The state is at odds with Donegal County Council over the €3 billion mica redress scheme, after the local authority refused to participate in a review of new rules underpinning the programme, the Business Post has learned.

New correspondence shows the council has declined to offer observations on the regulations underpinning the scheme, which has been beset by delays and disagreements over the last two years, because it was instructed not to show the document ...