Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen says such delays can have serious consequences.
A midlands TD says it's inconceivable that a €40 million meat processing plant is waiting almost 18 months for a planning decision.
Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen says a statutory timeframe should be imposed on planning appeals to prevent risk of large scale commercial or housing projects collapsing.
Permission for the proposed factory in Banagher was originally granted by the local authority, but subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála in August 2020.
The Laois-Offaly deputy says such delays can have serious consequences: