We have obtained a copy of the three DDDA reports by Niamh Brennan from the Fine Gael press office. The reports have been scanned, OCRd and uploaded and can be searched or download from the interface below.
The reports run to 216 pages, this is the only soft copy available it is therefore possible (but unlikely) that some pages are misordered.
Fine Gael have accused of John Gormley of a cover-up over the reports. As per The Irish Times: “The reports deal with matters to do with finance, planning and the board’s reaction to these matters. [Fine Gael Deputy Phil] Hogan said the planning report raises questions over the status of planning permission for some of the most well known buildings.”
Amongst the main issues detailed in the report are revelations that the Irish Glass Bottle site was never formally valued. It was purchased by the DDDA and a number of developers and financial entities in 2006 for more than €400m but quickly fell drastically in value. Those involved included Bernard McNamara, who has sued the DDDA claiming they didn’t deliver on promises relating the deal. Sean Dunne was also involved and also took the authority to court over the now-near-abandoned Anglo site. He won his case.
Labour says the issues of corporate governance can be put down to, amongst other things, Anglo – which had an interest in the site through its loan portfolio – having two members of its own board, Sean FitzPatrick and Lar Bradshaw, sitting on the board of the DDDA.
Further issues are also covered relating to the DDDA granting planning permission for structures which could be considered non-compliant and the absence of value-for-money audits being carried out.