Corruption probe to be held in private
An inquiry into allegations of ethics breaches at Mayo County Council is to be held behind closed doors.
The Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPOC) decided the planning corruption probe is to be carried out in private, following an application by one of the councillors being investigated. According to SIPOC, Mayo county councillors Cyril Burke and Frank Durcan, along with the council's chief executive officer Peter Hynes, are alleged to have contravened the ethical frameworks for the Local Government Service.
The hearing got under way at SIPOC's offices yesterday, but after a preliminary application by a lawyer for Mr Burke, reporters and the public were told that the proceedings would be held in private. The hearing is expected to continue today.