Pringle asks why Mulcahy report has not been published

Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, has again called on the government to explain why it has not published the Mulcahy report.

Addressing Minister Darragh O’Brien during questions on policy or legislation, Deputy Pringle said in 2013 Gerard Convie went to the High Court and quashed a report presented to this House by a predecessor of Minister O’Brien’s.

“The department conceded to the overturning of its own report findings that there was no evidence of wrongdoing in the planning department of Donegal County Council, apologised to Mr. Convie and paid him substantial compensation.


“This led to the commissioning of the Mulcahy report in 2015 which was to be completed in October of that year. It took almost two years to be finalised. It sat on Eoghan Murphy’s desk for three years, and it has now sat on Minister O’Brien’s desk for over two.

“The excuses in the minister’s cut-and-paste replies to repeated parliamentary questions are unsustainable at this stage,” Deputy Pringle said. He said the minister had called for the report’s publication, “when you sat on this side of the House”.

Deputy Pringle asked what has changed.

“Why are you now frightened to publish the Mulcahy report? It’s time to be honest on this issue. Are your government going to publish it or not? And if not, will you come out and say it?”

In his response, Minister O’Brien said there are complexities, there’s been advice around the potential publication, and it remains under consideration within his department.

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