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Builder's snub riles watchdog

A OIREACHTAS watchdog has lashed a major Irish developer over controversial plans to build on a 1916 Easter Rising monument.

Joe O'Reilly's Chartered Land was accused of a repugnant attack on democracy for snubbing an Oireachtas hearing on development proposals for Dublin's Moore Street.

Labour TD Michael McCarthy, chairman of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht, declared his "utter disgust" that the developer -- who owns the land at the centre of the row -- refused to appear before TDs and senators.