The Information Commissioner has declined a request to publish a long-delayed report into alleged planning corruption in Donegal, despite acknowledging a strong public interest.
The report remains unpublished almost three years after it was sent to Eoghan Murphy, the housing, planning and local government minister.
The IC, which reviews decisions taken by public bodies on freedom of information (FOI) requests, found the public interest in granting access to the report also did not outweigh the right to privacy of individuals named in the document.
A decade ago Gerard Convier, a former senior planner at Donegal county council, submitted almost two dozen alleged examples of rule breaches at the local authority.
The Times newspaper reports that these included several cases where homes were built in breach of regulations that protect areas of natural beauty.