The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage has referred a report in relation to certain decisions at An Bord Pleanála to the Director of Public Prosecutions, An Garda Síochána and the Standards in Public Office Commission.

Minister Darragh O'Brien referred the report, completed by Senior Counsel Remy Farrell, on the advice of the Attorney General.

The report is titled 'Report into the management of conflicts of interest and relevant disclosures by the Deputy Chairperson of An Bord Pleanála in relation to certain decisions of that Board and related matters'.

Last month, the Department of Housing confirmed that the deputy chair of An Bord Pleanála, Paul Hyde, had resigned.

He had previously temporarily stepped aside from his duties over concerns that he may have had a conflict of interest when it came to some planning decisions. He denied any wrongdoing.

In a statement this evening, the minister said: "It is now a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions as to whether a criminal prosecution should be undertaken arising from the findings of the report."

The minister has also sought the views of the DPP in relation to the publication of the report having regard to the possibility of a prosecution.

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