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#Freedom of Information

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 20 September, 2015

Fisherman says he can't understand Met Éireann forecasters with foreign accents

The fisherman says he is not racist but has real health and safety concerns that weather reports are not being understood by some fishermen.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 14 May, 2015

What's the big deal about Prince Charles writing letters to politicians?

Badger culling, Irish gaols and the army’s helicopters – things the heir really cares about.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 6 May, 2015

We have to wait another six months to see garda records

The FOI Act has extended the deadline for Irish Rail, the ESB and Eirgrid also.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 26 March, 2015

An ambulance broke down during an emergency once every 33 days last year

There were 48 total breakdowns overall.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 22 March, 2015

Government spin 'now seeping into the civil service'

Reports today reveal Department officials said housing figures had been spun.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 12 January, 2015

'It's wrong that Irish Water won't reveal how much it's paying for security' - Fianna Fáil

The company said revealing this information could result in higher costs which would have to be passed on to consumers.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

Ever wanted to ask the Gardaí something about their records? Now you can

A new law extends Freedom of Information requests to cover limited areas of an Garda Síochána and other organisations. They don’t have to answer you though…

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

The €15 fee for Freedom of Information requests is being abolished

The government has agreed amendments to the FOI Bill at Cabinet today with campaigners giving them a cautious welcome.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 29 June, 2014

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Poll: Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official meetings?

Minister Pat Rabbitte has said he keeps one, and it can’t be accessed using the Freedom of Information Act.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 19 June, 2014

Nearly every FOI request about the liquidation of Anglo has been refused

Eleven out of 12 Freedom of Information requests to the Department of Finance about the liquidation of IBRC have been refused. The other was withdrawn.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 29 May, 2014

State companies should exist on a 'level playing field' - Rabbitte

The Communications Minister says that politicians and civil servants should be accountable for their actions.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

'It's like the Third Secret of Fatima' - Noonan says ECB letter could be released for inquiry

But he stressed that the ECB would have to be consulted.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 10 April, 2014

The Obama ladies' trip to Ireland cost $251,000

Don’t worry though – the US paid for it.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 29 March, 2014

Column: Pride, arrogance and the impotence of political leadership in GardaGate

This is the arrogant nature of permanent government. It gets too used to running the show and always being right, writes Aaron McKenna.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 23 February, 2014

No written record of Taoiseach asking for bank guarantee documents

Enda Kenny made a ‘verbal’ request to his department’s Secretary General for records related to the decision to issue a blanket guarantee of the Irish banking system.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 10 February, 2014

'Serious concerns' about risks for HSE paramedics sent to incidents alone

Figures provided to show there were almost 3,500 instances of this in a six month period.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

How transparent is Irish Water?

The Fianna Fáil party makes a strong argument in its latest video offering on the controversy.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 24 December, 2013

Over 1,800 Freedom of Information requests to departments in 2013

The largest search and retrieval fee sought was €13,450.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 16 November, 2013

Aaron McKenna: Our government hides its actions by obstructing Freedom of Information

To hide public service deficiency and ensure that ‘accountability’ remains a word in the dictionary, senior public servants have been waging a long war on Freedom of Information, writes Aaron McKenna.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 14 November, 2013

"This country's gone wild with exaggeration": Rabbitte says the FOI issue's been blown out of all proportion

The Government yesterday withdrew an amendment to the FOI Bill which would have seen some charges for requests soar.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

Government backtracks on FOI Bill amendment on charges

Minister Brendan Howlin announced this evening that as a result of “confusion and misinterpretation” of the intention of the amendment, it is to be withdrawn.

"Experts aren't always right" - Taoiseach defends FOI bill

The initial fee of €15 is “relatively small”, the Taoiseach said.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

Minister Brendan Howlin describes increased FOI fee as a "token charge"

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reforms said that such fees were entirely fair ‘given that the average cost to process such requests was €600′.

Hoping to watch this afternoon's Freedom of Information debate? Well, the Oireachtas website has crashed...

Staff are working to fix the problem and hope to have it corrected “as soon as possible”.

How will the new Freedom of Information charges compare to other countries?

We look at how Ireland compares to the two other countries that charge upfront for FOI requests.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 10 November, 2013

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

Everyone’s talking about a stabbing in Limerick, Remembrance Day and devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan.

Department's FOI amendments 'run entirely contrary to spirit' of bill

NUJ Secretary Seamus Dooley said that if the amendments are passed there is a danger FOI requests will “become unaffordable”.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 31 October, 2013

Howlin to announce new Open Data measures today

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform wants to speed up Ireland’s admission to a global partnership on Open Data.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 4 October, 2013

Escort and ‘hook-up’ sites among attempts to access porn at Leinster House Exclusive

However, this does not include any attempts that might have been made by TDs, Senators or their staff.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

Over 300,000 attempts to access porn in the British parliament

Figures obtained by the Huffington Post show that there were thousands of requests for pornographich websites in the Houses of Parliament in the last year.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 16 August, 2013

Government acknowledges section of new FOI bill 'may cause difficulties'

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will consider if section 17 of the new FOI bill needs to be altered in the wake of correspondence from the Information Commissioner.

Government insists new FOI bill does not intend to 'uninvent computers'

Transparency activists have raised concerns about a provision in the new Freedom of Information Bill but the government has insisted their interpretation of the bill is not what the proposed legislation intends.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 15 August, 2013

Freedom of Information bill criticised - because Irish Water isn't included

Seán Fleming TD said that the legislation has ‘severe limits’ and that Irish Water should be included under it.

# freedom-of-information - 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.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 17 July, 2013

Cabinet papers from 2008 set to become available

Changes to Freedom of Information (FOI) rules mean government deliberations from five-years-ago will be available on request.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 12 July, 2013

HSE begins publishing pre-school inspections

The reports for childcare facilities in the Limerick area are now online and HSE will continue on ‘county-by-county’ basis.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 8 July, 2013

FF: Claims of no bank guarantee documents are 'a lie', and this FOI proves it Exclusive

The government continues to insist that there are no documents in existence which explain the rationale behind the decision to guarantee the banks in September 2008.

# freedom-of-information - 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.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Noonan denies ECB instruction to refuse information about IBRC

The finance minister says the ECB has not told Ireland to refuse Freedom of Information requests about the IBRC wind-up.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 22 April, 2013

Labour MEPs call on government to release information about IBRC liquidation

MEP Phil Prendergast said that “a blanket refusal policy would serve only to heighten distrust in government and in the ECB.”