I propose to take Questions Nos. 253 to 256, inclusive, together.
My Department appointed a Senior Counsel on a non-statutory basis to prepare a report in relation to planning matters in Donegal in 2015. The terms of reference for this scoping review relate to allegations furnished by a complainant to a previous Minister in respect of planning matters in Donegal.
The complainant sought to have additional matters added to the terms of reference in 2015. However, as the original terms of reference already involve a very large volume of allegations by the complainant, it was decided that it was not appropriate to add in these later issues, having regard to the scope of the original terms of reference which were focused on planning matters in Donegal. The complainant has had direct communication with my office on the remaining four matters and is fully aware of the position on those.
I am eager now to see that this review is brought to a speedy conclusion to enable consideration of what further steps, if any, may be appropriate. I understand that Senior Counsel's independent review is at an advanced stage and I will await the findings of this report, which is to be submitted to me by mid-June.