Press Release - Investigation Report by the Standards in Public Office Commission

Press Release - Investigation Report by the Standards in Public Office Commission

The Commission has today published three separate reports as a result of an investigation into alleged contraventions of Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001 by Councillor Frank Durcan, Councillor Cyril Burke, both of Mayo County Council and Mr Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council.  The reports follow an investigation hearing which was conducted in private over seven days during the period 23 October 2017 to 16 February 2018.  

The Commission finds against Councillor Durcan in respect of two of the three alleged contraventions. The Commission also finds against Councillor Burke in respect of two of the five alleged contraventions. The Commission makes no findings against Mr Hynes. 

In accordance with the requirements of section 24 of the Ethics Act and section 180 of the Local Government Act 2001, the Commission has sent copies of the relevant reports to:

1.      Councillor Frank Durcan, Councillor Cyril Burke and Mr Peter Hynes.

2.      Councillor Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council.

3.      Pashcal Donohue TD, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform.

The investigation reports, together with full details of the Commission’s findings and determinations, are available here:

1. Durcan https://www.sipo.ie/en/Reports/Investigation-Reports/Investigation-Report-Councillor-Frank-Durcan.pdf

2. Burke https://www.sipo.ie/en/reports/investigation-reports/Investigation-Report-Councillor-Cyril-Burke

3. Hynes https://www.sipo.ie/en/Reports/Investigation-Reports/Investigation-Report-Mr-Peter-Hynes.pdf