Unpublished report by top barrister into Paul Hyde planning offences cost €35,000

Remy Farrell was appointed last year to examine conflicts of interest at An Bord Pleanála

Darragh O’Brien, The Minister for Housing. Picture: Fergal Phillips

An unpublished report into conflicts of interest at An Bord Pleanála cost the Department of Housing more than €35,000, however no date has been given for its release.

Senior counsel Remy Farrell was appointed by the government last year to conduct an investigation after allegations emerged into potential conflicts of interest in planning decisions made by Paul Hyde, the planning body’s former deputy chairperson.

According to newly released documents published by the department outlining its ...