• The Standards in Public Office Commission has today published reports, following an investigation into allegations of planning irregularities involving Mayo County Council Chief Executive Peter Hynes, FG Councillor Cyril Burke and Independent Councillor Frank Durcan.

    Following an investigation hearing, which was conducted in private over seven days between October 2017 and February 2018, the Commission makes no findings against CEO Peter Hynes.

    The Standards in Public Office Commission has found against Councillor Frank Durcan on respect of two of the three alleged contraventions, and has also found against Councillor Cyril Burke on two of the five alleged contraventions.

    The investigation followed allegations that Councillor Burke had asked Councillor Durcan to withdraw a Freedom of Information request, in exchange for the favourable zoning of lands Mr Durcan owned at Aghalusky, Castlebar.

    Responding to the publication of the reports, Mayo County Council CEO Peter Hynes told Midwest News that he's pleased to have been totally vindicated.





  • Mayo FG Councillor Cyril Burke is facing an internal party disciplinary hearing, after findings were made against him by the State's ethics watchdog.

    Councillor Burke was found to have breached Standards in Public Office Commission rules arising from his involvement in an alleged plan to secure zoning for land owned by another councillor.

    SIPO found Councillor Cyril Burke acted in contravention of the code of conduct for politicians, in his dealings with Independent Councillor Frank Durcan, who also had findings made against him.

    Fine Gael's national executive has now decided to refer Cyril Burke to the party's disciplinary committee.

    The matter is due to be debated this evening at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council in Castlebar.

    Outside the council offices, a protest is taking place this afternoon in relation the SIPO findings against the two councillors.

    People Before Profit candidate in the Castlebar area Joe Daly, who's organised the demonstration, is calling for Councillors Burke and Durcan to resign over the matter.

  • Two Councillors have been found in breach of the code of conduct for Local Authority members, following an investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission.

    Sligo Cllr Joe Queenan and Cllr John O'Donnell from Donegal were both found to have acted outside the Ethics in Public Office Act.

    An investigation was launched after an RTE Investigates undercover reporter filmed the two men discussing a proposed windfarm project.

    The Standards in Public Office Commission has found that both men carried out serious breaches of their duty by failing to act in a transparent manner.

    The Commission found against Sligo County Councillor Joseph Queenan on three of the four allegations he faced, and found against Independent Donegal councillor in all three of the allegations levelled at him.

    A third investigation into Monaghan councillor Hugh McElvaney has been halted pending a High Court judicial review.