Monday 20 November 2017

Celia Larkin: Hope rests on 'recommendations'

The Mahon tribunal raised hopes for an investigation on planning -- so where is it? asks Celia Larkin

YOU know that saying, "success has many fathers but failure's an orphan"? Well, last week, orphan status descended on Jan O'Sullivan, Minister of State in the Department of the Environment, in a big way.



The Mahon tribunal raised expectations of action on the planning front. John Gormley went out of office having set up something that looked like an investigation into planning throughout the country.

It landed in Willie Penrose's lap, but he headed for the hills courtesy of a barracks closure, and Jan O'Sullivan, God love her, stepped up to the plate, hands out to catch this investigation -- this orphaned investigation that wasn't really an investigation at all. Not from the start, as she pointed out to me when I met her in her Dail office last week.

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