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Sunday, 05 February 2012

The Attorney General has been asked by the Department of the Environment to appoint a senior counsel to investigate both the Department’s role and that of Wicklow County Council in the compulsory purchase of 3.5 acres at Greystones. In 2009 the Department granted the county council a €5m loan for the purchase of the site for social housing, despite having questioned a year earlier the need for such a purchase when the council already owned land; the loan was not drawn down.

The purchase was delayed as a result of the death of the land owner and the site was eventually bought for €3m in 2011, although in 2010 it had been valued at less than €700k. In recent times it has emerged that part of the site is unsuitable for building due to flooding.

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