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Calls for inquiry into planning system 'cronyism'

AN independent inquiry should be carried out into cronyism in the planning process and how all proper guidelines were "thrown out the window", write Paul Melia and Brian Hutton

The National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) said yesterday a full inquiry should look at the Government's failure to control the property bubble.

Professor Rob Kitchin, director of NIRSA, said that the State's bad bank was a "worrying organisation" which was set up to protect developers. He also said it would be foolhardy to have a banking inquiry without looking at planning.

"An independent inquiry is needed to investigate all aspects of the planning system and its operation within and across different agencies and at all scales in Ireland, including charges of localisms, cronyism and clientelism," he said.

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