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# emily-oreilly - Sunday 21 September, 2014

Ireland's EU ombudsman decribes the "art" of dealing with EU bureaucracy

This comes on the first anniversary of Emily O’Reilly’s time in the position.

# emily-oreilly - Friday 7 March, 2014

Ombudsman unhappy ECB won't give Brian Lenihan letter to journalist

Emily O’Reilly said that the ECB has “wasted an opportunity” to use transparency.

# emily-oreilly - Tuesday 17 December, 2013

Spanish football clubs may be investigated after a call from EU Ombudsman

Emily O’Reilly told the European Commission to make a decision on an investigation which alleges seven clubs including Barcelona and Real Madrid broke state aid rules.

# emily-oreilly - Monday 2 December, 2013

Welcome aboard: President appoints Peter Tyndall as Ombudsman

Tyndall has said that, if public bodies handled complaints better, there wouldn’t be any need for his role.

# emily-oreilly - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

New Ombudsman wants to bring 'objectivity and clarity' to role

Peter Tyndall is due to replace Emily O’Reilly in the role and spoke about his hopes for the new job.

# emily-oreilly - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

The Ombudsman's credit card was stolen and used to buy designer clothes

The money was refunded to Emily O’Reilly’s office after the fraud was discovered in September 2012.

# emily-oreilly - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Peter Tyndall to replace Emily O'Reilly as Ombudsman

He’s set to take up the position after serving in the same role in Wales. There were 35 expressions of interest in the job from journalists, PR professionals, politicians and others.

# emily-oreilly - Friday 4 October, 2013

Ombudsman's Office will have to wait "a few weeks" to sign off on "a small number of cases"

A lack of a system to handle the changeover in the Ombudsman’s Office means that there will be nobody to rubber stamp some cases.

# emily-oreilly - Monday 30 September, 2013

Tomorrow is Emily O'Reilly's first day as European Ombudsman

O’Reilly said today that she will focus on bridging the cap between citizens and EU institutions.

# emily-oreilly - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Why bankers are just like Hobbits: The week's news skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Most people ‘too stupid’ to emigrate, farmers want gun money, and Diageo unlikely to face charges over Arthur’s Day…

# emily-oreilly - Thursday 26 September, 2013

Students were "put through the mill" by SUSI

The Ombudsman is dealing with more than 50 complaints from third level students about the new grant-allocating body SUSI.

# emily-oreilly - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Woman who died in hospital was unattended for 7 hours before her death

The case was one of 3,412 complaints made to the Ombudsman last year about certain public bodies.

# emily-oreilly - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Higgins: It is important that austerity does not erode the rights of citizens

Speaking at a reception for the new European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, he said the connection between economy, society and government is profoundly important.

# emily-oreilly - Sunday 4 August, 2013

Want to be the next Ombudsman? Search to replace Emily O'Reilly begins

With O’Reilly taking up her new role as European Ombudsman in the autumn, the government is now considering who to replace her and seeking expressions of interest.

# emily-oreilly - Thursday 25 July, 2013

Brendan Howlin "had to fight a battle" for new Freedom of Information law

NAMA, the Central Bank and An Garda Siochána will all be subject to Freedom of Information laws for the first time – but it took some doing.

# emily-oreilly - Thursday 18 July, 2013

Students can complain to the Ombudsman over grant problems

Some 400 application appeals are still outstanding, but the body handling grant applications says that it is ‘confident’ that mistakes won’t be repeated.

# emily-oreilly - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Ombudsman: Our treatment of asylum seekers is unacceptable

Over a third of people in Direct Provision refuges have been there for more than five years.

# emily-oreilly - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

Next stop Strasbourg: Emily O'Reilly wins vote to become new EU Ombudsman

Emily O’Reilly was declared the new EU Ombudsman after a close election battle.

Ireland's Ombudsman may be on track to take over as European Ombudsman

After the first round of voting yesterday, Emily O’Reilly was tied at the top with Dutch politician Ria Oomen-Ruijten.

# emily-oreilly - Tuesday 14 May, 2013

Information Commissioner: staff resources no excuse for FoI delays

Emily O’Reilly said processing Freedom of Information requests is a statutory requirement of public bodies.

# emily-oreilly - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

NAMA loses High Court appeal over environmental information requests

The High Court finds that NAMA has a legal requirement to respond to requests for environmental data from the public.

'Every other option was illegal' - Minister defends disability payments cut

Junior health minister Kathleen Lynch could provide no guarantees as to what will happen to the payments to those in receipt of the Mobility Allowance when it is axed in four months time.

'A sick bureaucratic monster' - Department slammed after disability payments axed

The government confirmed last night that it will axe the Mobility Allowance and the Motorised Transport Grant because it would be too costly to widen the schemes to ensure compliance with equality laws.

# emily-oreilly - Thursday 25 October, 2012

Department of Health 'illegally' put age limit on disability allowance

The Ombudsman found that the 66-year age limit on Mobililty Allowance Scheme for people with a severe disability has been illegal – and the department has known this for the past four years.

# emily-oreilly - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Ombudsman's role to be extended as Oireachtas approves reform bill

The government has billed the legislation as the “most significant expansion” of the Ombudsman’s powers in 30 years.

# emily-oreilly - Thursday 26 July, 2012

Information Commissioner welcomes Freedom of Information reform

However Emily O’Reilly said “the devil will be in the detail” when the new legislation is published.

# emily-oreilly - Friday 6 July, 2012

Friday Dáil sees bipartisanship as Govt supports FOI legislation

The Fianna Fáil-proposed legislation would see the Central Bank, NAMA and the Gardaí brought under the scope of the Freedom of Information Act.

# emily-oreilly - Thursday 31 May, 2012

Ombudsman still waiting for NAMA, Gardaí and Central Bank to be brought into FOI Act

Emily O’Reilly wants more public bodies to be brought within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act.

# emily-oreilly - Saturday 10 March, 2012

Gardaí and banks should be more transparent - Ombudsman FOI

Gardaí and banks should be more transparent - Ombudsman

Emily O’Reilly said the gardaí, Nama and State-owned financial institutions should all be made subject to Freedom of Information laws.

# emily-oreilly - Wednesday 8 June, 2011

Complaints to Ombudsman's office hit highest level in over a decade

Emily O’Reilly says complaints to her office increased by 30 per cent last year in comparison with 2009, with almost half of all complaints relating to the civil service.

# emily-oreilly - Friday 27 May, 2011

Poll: Who would get your vote as next President of Ireland? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Who would get your vote as next President of Ireland?

Up to ten names have now been mentioned in connection with the presidency. We want to know which of these ten – some who’ve already declared an interest and a few who’ve shown none at all – would be mostly likely to get your vote at this stage.

# emily-oreilly - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

Information Commissioner wants FOI legislation extended FOI

Information Commissioner wants FOI legislation extended

Emily O’Reilly has said the general public should be able to place Freedom of Information requests with public bodies like the gardaí, Central Bank and NAMA.

# emily-oreilly - Thursday 15 July, 2010

OMBUDSMAN EMILY O’REILLY has condemned the actions of the Health Service Executive, accusing them of attempting to gag her office.

O’Reilly said that the HSE’s approach to dealing with a report compiled by the Ombudsman’s office, which investigated complaints into guardians’ fees, was “perverse.”

She said that the proceedings entered into by the HSE in an attempt to prevent the Ombudsman’s report from being published were “frustrating, wasteful, dispiriting and, ultimately, useless”, and added that it has cost the taxpayer a huge amount of money.

She said: “Nothing was decided and nothing was clarified, and the proceedings have made no contribution of any kind either to the furtherance of the HSE’s child protection functions or to upholding the integrity of the courts. In short, these proceedings were an utter waste of time and money,” and added, “The worst that can be said is that the HSE’s behaviour may have been a calculated and measured attempt to prevent the publication by my office of an investigation report which was critical of the HSE’s actions.”

The HSE has responded to these accusations by saying that it has “genuine and valid reasons” for bringing legal proceedings against the Ombudsman.