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Monday, 19 March 2018
'It's a gagging order': Department tells councillors not to discuss private planning applications
THE DEPARTMENT OF Housing has been accused of trying to gag councillors with a circular it issued telling them it is not appropriate for them to discuss the merits of or issues with larger planning applications in meetings.The circular, seen by TheJournal.ie, was sent to the chief executives of all of the city and county council as directed by Minister Eoghan Murphy.It states that it has come to the minister’s attention that individual Part 3 planning applications are increasingly being discussed at council meetings prior to a decision being made on them.