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Statement from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, has today (3 November 2022) noted the decision of Mr Dave Walsh to retire early from his position as Chairperson of An Bord Pleanála on personal and family grounds.  The Minister thanks Mr. Walsh for his service which has spanned some 27 years between the Board and the Civil Service and wishes him well for the future. 

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

Critical reforms are required to strengthen the Board’s systems and processes and restore public confidence in the Board. This will continue to be progressed as set out in the Action Plan for An Bord Pleanála which was recently agreed by Government.


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The Action Plan for An Bord Pleanála is here: