An Bórd Pleanála Vice-Chairman has resigned amid allegations of an undeclared conflict of interest.
Outgoing Minister Darragh O’Brien recently ordered an inquiry into the matter after allegations of conflicts of interest were made against Paul Hyde which Mr Hyde believes are unfounded.
On board Pleanála issued a statement confirming that Mr Hyde had reached an agreement with the chairman of the board to “remain strictly without prejudice to his duties as vice chairman for the time being”.
An Bord Pleanála said it will fully cooperate as required in the process announced by the minister and that its board is also reviewing the incident itself.
“An Bórd Pleanála is also seeking legal advice in relation to specific issues arising from these matters,” the statement confirmed.
The planning authority said the allegations were denied by Paul Hyde and said it felt it was “inappropriate to make any further comment at this time”.
Announcing the inquiry, the Housing Secretary said Mr Hyde had denied the allegations and had hired lawyer Remy Farrell to draw up a report.
“I am aware of allegations recently made public in relation to a board member of An Bord Pleanála, allegations which have been denied by the member in question.
“I have engaged Remy Farrell SC to file a report to inform my investigation of the matter,” he said.
Mr O’Brien said it was “inappropriate” to comment further until the inquiry was completed.
https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/deputy-chair-of-an-bord-pleanala-steps-aside-temporarily-amid-conflict-of-interest-claims-41634002.html An Bórd Pleanála Vice-Chairman is temporarily stepping down due to conflicts of interest