Local councils should adopt 'Nolan Principles' of public service
It was in November 1997 that the Oireachtas appointed the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments.
However, it is abundantly clear, following the 'RTÉ Investigates' exposé, that the legacy of this painstaking and very costly 15-year inquiry has neither eliminated corruption from the planning process nor given clarity to the basic ethical standards expected of public office holders.
Public trust continues to be blatantly abused and public confidence in politicians is undermined by the clandestine and egregious actions of some.
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