MEATH COUNTY council says it cannot rule out a "sinister explanation" as to why seven boxes of planning files on an incinerator being built in the county are now missing from the council offices.
The files were last seen in August when they were viewed by a member of the public at the planning offices in Navan. A spokesman yesterday said it had written to the Garda to alert them of its concerns. He said the council has reviewed CCTV footage from the office. An historic planning file from 2001 cannot be located.
The council holds electronic copies of the file and a full copy is held by An Bord Pleanála.
"It should be noted that the council holds ten of thousands of such files dating back to the 1960s," he said.
The files in question relate to Indaver Ireland's waste incinerator under construction at Carranstown near Duleek, Co Meath.
The Department of the Environment confirmed that Minister for the Environment John Gormley contacted the county manager in Meath towards the end of last month "in connection with representations he had received in respect of alleged irregularities with the planning file for the Indaver facility. The Minister also received a request from Deputy Shane McEntee (FG) for a meeting to discuss the same matter".
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