Irish Planning Institute calls on Housing Minister to urgently resource An Bord Pleanála

Letter follows months of controversy at body amid number of ongoing probes

Darragh O’Brien said he had instructed officials at the Department to work on the appointment reform process ‘as a matter of priority’. Picture:

The Irish Planning Institute (IPI) has called on Darragh O’Brien, the Minister for Housing, to make a number of temporary appointments to An Bord Pleanála amid concern the planning body’s workload could be compromised over the coming months.

It comes as the Dáil, on Thursday afternoon, held a debate around the future of the embattled authority after months of controversy, and follows a series of allegations against the board’s former deputy chair, Paul Hyde, as ...