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.