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A board Pleanala chairperson David Walsh is retiring early amid ongoing controversy.

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Ann Bord Pleanala chairperson David Walsh has decided to retire early amid ongoing controversy at the planning body.

In a statement, Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien confirmed the move, saying Mr Walsh had made the decision “on personal and family grounds”. “The Minister thanked Mr Walsh for his service spanning almost 27 years between the Board and the Civil Service and wished him well for the future.

“Minister O’Brien will now move swiftly to begin the process of appointing a new Chairperson and also appoint a Deputy Chairperson as provided for under the Planning and Development Act, 2000.

“Significant reforms are needed to strengthen the board’s systems and processes and restore public confidence in the board. This will continue as set out in the Action Plan for a Board Planla recently launched by the government. What is agreed?

More to follow.

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