We reprint this extract from the Dail and invite readers to consider for themselves whether the Commission's reasoned opinion contains a statement about the legality of the situation.
Dail Report, 21 February, 2002

Mr. Cuffe: On the same matter, now that the European Commission has ruled that the €20 planning fee is illegal, will the Minister for the Environment and Local Government be refunding those who paid the fee? Will he introduce regulations to ensure that members of the public will not have to pay this draconian fee in order to participate in the planning process?

The Taoiseach: I understand that the European Commission has given a reasoned opinion but I do not think it has made any statement about the
legality of the situation. Obviously, the Minister will now have to examine the judgment.
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