Commenting on the resignation of Minister of State Damien English, Social Democrats Housing spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan said:
“Just six months after the resignation of Robert Troy over a property-related matter, we now have another Junior Minister overboard.
“Deputy English made the correct decision to immediately resign after it emerged he gave incorrect information to a local authority about his ownership of a second property when applying for planning permission to build his family home in 2008.
“At a time when public confidence in the planning process has been shaken by recent controversies in An Bord Pleanála, it is crucial that those in positions of power are held to account and take full responsibility for their transgressions.
“Given the serious nature of the discrepancies in Deputy English’s planning application, his resignation is entirely appropriate.”
January 12, 2023