Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (216, 217)

Niall Collins

Question:

216. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the date on which he will publish the second investigation report into the compulsory purchase order at a location (details supplied); and if he intends to refer this report to the public accounts committee for discussion. [10697/13]

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Niall Collins

Question:

217. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will agree to the request for a meeting by three members of Wicklow County Council to discuss irregularities involving substantial public funds within that council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10698/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 216 and 217 together.

I appointed Mr Seamus Woulfe SC to carry out an independent review of the compulsory acquisition of land at Charlesland , Co Wicklow, by Wicklow County Council following representations made by three Wicklow County Councillors. I have now received Mr Woulfe’s report which is being examined. I intend shortly to send the report to the Wicklow County Council and the three county councillors who made the representations and to make the report available publically. This report follows from a review carried out last year by Mr Woulfe into the management by the Department of an application by Wicklow County Council for loan approval in respect of the above mentioned compulsory purchase following representations made by the Councillors in regard to the Department. The report fully exonerated the Department.

The three Councillors have also been in correspondence with Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan seeking a meeting. Minister O’Sullivan has replied fully to the Councillors in relation to matters within the Department’s remit. There has been no further correspondence in the matter with the Councillors since the middle of last year.