Limerick councillors invited to give evidence to planning inquiry

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

LIMERICK County councillors have been invited to travel to Dublin on Wednesday to give evidence in a case involving an allegation of maladministration at the planning section of the local authority, after it emerged that the case is to be re-examined by the Ombudsman.

LIMERICK County councillors have been invited to travel to Dublin on Wednesday to give evidence in a case involving an allegation of maladministration at the planning section of the local authority, after it emerged that the case is to be re-examined by the Ombudsman.

It follows a complaint by a man dating back a number of years in which he claims that bad advice from the planning section of the council cost him a substantial sum of money.

Earlier this month it was revealed that the deputy county manager, Gerry Behan is to undertake an investigation into an allegation of maladministration in the council’s planning section.

The complaint had already gone to the Ombudsman but had not been upheld. However, the Ombudsman had left open the door for a return to the case should any new or further information arise.

It is understood the complainant is from outside Co Limerick and pertains to a planning permission which he failed to get in the Ardagh area of West Limerick. And while the details of the allegation were not made known to the Limerick Leader, it is understood that the complaint hinges on a claim of poor service and poor advice in the pre-planning stage.