Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien has told the Dáil that the public must have trust in the impartiality and integrity of the planning system if it is to function effectively in facilitating sustainable development. He was speaking during statements on An Bord Pleanála which has been plunged into controversy following allegations of wrongdoing against former deputy chairperson Paul Hyde. Mr Hyde resigned his position in July and he denies any wrongdoing. The Minister said he would shortly bring proposals to cabinet to overhaul the appointments process to the board of An Bord Pleanála. This will be underpinned by legislation. "It is intended that this process will reflect modern best practice for recruitment to senior executive positions within the Irish public service," he said.
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