A former An Bord Pleanála deputy chairman has been sentenced to two months in prison after pleading guilty to breaches of planning laws.
Paul Hyde, of Castlefields, Baltimore, County Cork pleaded guilty on Tuesday to making false or misleading declarations of interest to the planning authority.
He resigned from his position on the board in July last year, after controversy relating to his failure to declare a conflict-of-interest disclosure in relation to a planning decision.
Sentencing Hyde at Bandon District Court today, Judge James McNulty said: "Ethical standards in public life matter."
He was sentenced to two months for each offence, to be served concurrently.
His defence barrister requested the sentence be suspended but the judge declined, stating that the Circuit Court could consider the matter.
Hyde is to pursue an appeal against the sentence.
Judge McNulty said the court would place no obstacle against that and he could be released on his own recognisance of €100.