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#Freedom of Information

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 29 December, 2016

'Privatise the bloody service': The complaints sent to Shane Ross during the Dublin Bus strike
# Dear Minister
# Dear Minister

'Privatise the bloody service': The complaints sent to Shane Ross during the Dublin Bus strike

Dec 29th 2016, 7:15 AM 10,323 Views 22 Comments

People urged the transport minister to intervene, saying the strike was having a negative impact on their lives.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

'You'll look like a God': How people thought the Luas dispute could be solved
# Complaints
# Complaints

'You'll look like a God': How people thought the Luas dispute could be solved

Dec 27th 2016, 6:30 AM 11,432 Views 6 Comments

Here’s what members of the public thought about the strike – one of the biggest talking points of 2016.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 25 December, 2016

Enda Kenny really likes to give people crystal bowls
# Heads Of State
# Heads Of State

Enda Kenny really likes to give people crystal bowls

Dec 25th 2016, 7:00 AM 8,877 Views 21 Comments

Sometimes with shamrock, sometimes without.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 24 December, 2016

Abortion, Syria and autograph requests - a look through the Taoiseach's post
# Dear Enda
# Dear Enda

Abortion, Syria and autograph requests - a look through the Taoiseach's post

Dec 24th 2016, 7:15 AM 7,659 Views 18 Comments

Some people love him and some people don’t.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 22 December, 2016

Division by division breakdown: Over €54 million spend on garda overtime
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Division by division breakdown: Over €54 million spend on garda overtime

Dec 22nd 2016, 6:45 AM 12,122 Views 58 Comments

The bill for the Dublin divisions made up 62% of the overall spend.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 22 October, 2016

It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims
# SIPO
# SIPO

It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims

Oct 22nd 2016, 6:10 AM 41,254 Views 0 Comments

The disputed expense claims date back to 2006 and 2007, when Brian Ó Domhnaill was a member of Donegal County Council.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 5 September, 2016

Staff member in disabled care home accused of "verbal and psychological abuse"
# FOI
# FOI

Staff member in disabled care home accused of "verbal and psychological abuse"

Sep 5th 2016, 6:05 AM 14,204 Views 16 Comments

New documents show a range of issues raised with disability services in Ireland.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 25 August, 2016

Scrapping the USC could lead to an increase in property tax... of 600%
# Holy Moly
# Holy Moly

Scrapping the USC could lead to an increase in property tax... of 600%

Aug 25th 2016, 9:58 AM 31,147 Views 210 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty this morning described the alternative options to USC revealed via Freedom of Information as “shocking”.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 8 August, 2016

For and against: The letters Irish people have written to the Taoiseach about abortion
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

For and against: The letters Irish people have written to the Taoiseach about abortion

Aug 8th 2016, 6:15 AM 12,669 Views 76 Comments

The majority of the letters urge the Taoiseach not to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 3 April, 2016

Dodgy tips, aggressive drivers, "smelly" vehicles - taxi complaints went through the roof in the last four years
# Unsatisfied Customers
# Unsatisfied Customers

Dodgy tips, aggressive drivers, "smelly" vehicles - taxi complaints went through the roof in the last four years

Apr 3rd 2016, 7:45 AM 28,751 Views 100 Comments

More than half of the complaints made last year concerned the behaviour of taxi drivers.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 20 March, 2016

€1.5m given by Europe to retrain workers after factory closure may be returned
# Lufthansa Technik
# Lufthansa Technik

€1.5m given by Europe to retrain workers after factory closure may be returned

Mar 20th 2016, 12:47 PM 18,128 Views 23 Comments

Sinn Féin has called for the government to intervene.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 7 March, 2016

Carer called elderly dying patient a 'big fat c**t' and threw water over another
# Hiqa Complaints
# Hiqa Complaints

Carer called elderly dying patient a 'big fat c**t' and threw water over another

Mar 7th 2016, 5:13 PM 29,529 Views 40 Comments

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show multiple instances of abuse and oversight.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 28 February, 2016

Here are the gifts Ireland dished out to foreign dignitaries last year
# Céad Míle Fáilte
# Céad Míle Fáilte

Here are the gifts Ireland dished out to foreign dignitaries last year

Feb 28th 2016, 10:30 PM 23,136 Views 22 Comments

Crystal bowls feature heavily.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 8 January, 2016

Bill Clinton had private concerns over Gerry Adams' IRA links
# Peace Process
# Peace Process

Bill Clinton had private concerns over Gerry Adams' IRA links

Jan 8th 2016, 10:39 AM 18,733 Views 155 Comments

“I don’t know what the real deal is between him and the IRA.”

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 27 December, 2015

'I couldn't give a rat's arse if you report me!': There have been complaints about the swearing of Dublin Bus drivers
# Aggressive
# Aggressive

'I couldn't give a rat's arse if you report me!': There have been complaints about the swearing of Dublin Bus drivers

Dec 27th 2015, 9:24 PM 65,458 Views 170 Comments

A lot of customers have been airing their grievances.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 26 December, 2015

One Dublin Bus passenger was angry about drivers urinating in front of his daughter
# Bad Form
# Bad Form

One Dublin Bus passenger was angry about drivers urinating in front of his daughter

Dec 26th 2015, 6:10 AM 39,276 Views 53 Comments

A complaint was made to the Department of Transport back in January.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 12 December, 2015

Irish Water are deliberately confusing their payment figures, says Paul Murphy
# Denied
# Denied

Irish Water are deliberately confusing their payment figures, says Paul Murphy

Dec 12th 2015, 9:15 AM 19,250 Views 141 Comments

This comes after the utility released information as part of an freedom of information request.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 29 November, 2015

Ireland's most dangerous prisons: Around the country staff are working in constant danger
# Assaults
# Assaults

Ireland's most dangerous prisons: Around the country staff are working in constant danger

Nov 29th 2015, 7:30 AM 26,943 Views 41 Comments

So far this year there have been more than 50 assaults by prisoners on staff.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 21 October, 2015

Even more people have paid their water bills - but it's just over half of customers
# Toddle Along
# Toddle Along

Even more people have paid their water bills - but it's just over half of customers

Oct 21st 2015, 3:25 PM 31,439 Views 107 Comments

New figures received by Paul Murphy also shed new light on the situation.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 20 October, 2015

Irish Water 'tightened controls' after customer bank details were sent to the wrong people
# Data Breach
# Data Breach

Irish Water 'tightened controls' after customer bank details were sent to the wrong people

Oct 20th 2015, 5:17 PM 13,004 Views 75 Comments

The utility claims in records released under freedom of information that ‘extra staff training’ was instigated at no cost following the data breaches in March 2015.

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

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

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

Sep 20th 2015, 8:00 AM 31,332 Views 56 Comments

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?
# Black Spider
# Black Spider

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

May 14th 2015, 3:15 PM 11,396 Views 25 Comments

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
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

We have to wait another six months to see garda records

May 6th 2015, 4:50 PM 8,444 Views 12 Comments

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
# Fleet Issues
# Fleet Issues

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

Mar 26th 2015, 6:00 PM 10,993 Views 29 Comments

There were 48 total breakdowns overall.

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

Government spin 'now seeping into the civil service'
# Housing
# Housing

Government spin 'now seeping into the civil service'

Mar 22nd 2015, 8:21 PM 24,305 Views 70 Comments

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
# Not In The Public Interest
# Not In The Public Interest

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

Jan 12th 2015, 5:50 PM 21,772 Views 72 Comments

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
# Foi Requests
# Foi Requests

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

Oct 15th 2014, 5:36 PM 17,394 Views 18 Comments

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
# FOI
# FOI

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

Jul 1st 2014, 3:30 PM 10,105 Views 15 Comments

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

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

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

Jun 29th 2014, 10:04 AM 8,234 Views 54 Comments

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
# Ibrc
# Ibrc

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

Jun 19th 2014, 6:30 AM 7,375 Views 33 Comments

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
# Monopoly Rules
# Monopoly Rules

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

May 29th 2014, 2:38 PM 6,148 Views 25 Comments

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
# Smoking Gun?
# Smoking Gun?

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

May 27th 2014, 5:15 PM 13,006 Views 52 Comments

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
# Obamas In Ireland
# Obamas In Ireland

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

Apr 10th 2014, 8:44 AM 12,519 Views 18 Comments

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
# Gardagate
# Gardagate

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

Mar 29th 2014, 8:00 AM 92 Views 34 Comments

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
# Verbal Request
# Verbal Request

No written record of Taoiseach asking for bank guarantee documents

Feb 23rd 2014, 8:58 PM 23,445 Views 73 Comments

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
# Rapid Response
# Rapid Response

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

Feb 10th 2014, 6:45 AM 10,590 Views 19 Comments

Figures provided to TheJournal.ie 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?
# Irish Water
# Irish Water

How transparent is Irish Water?

Jan 14th 2014, 1:44 PM 9,698 Views 79 Comments

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
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

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

Dec 24th 2013, 7:30 AM 4,940 Views 26 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Nov 16th 2013, 8:00 AM 59 Views 38 Comments

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
# Hyperbole
# Hyperbole

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

Nov 14th 2013, 9:28 AM 7,603 Views 64 Comments

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