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# Freedom of Information

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Fine Gael senator who got €30k after losing his Dáil seat has only repaid €2k
Six members of the Dáil and Seanad received termination payments last year.
Five people died in prison custody last year
The cause of death in all five cases is yet to be determined.
It has cost over €360,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims
Sipo has ruled that Brian Ó Domhnaill contravened ethics legislation, something he has strongly denied.
From alleged aggression to dog allergies: Why people complain about taxi drivers
“The driver, to my surprise, took offence … saying that he didn’t need to take such abuse and he is not bringing me home but kicking me out.”
Here are the most common reasons people complain about taxis
Most of the complaint outcomes involved no further action as the complainant didn’t respond or there was no evidence of an offence.
Inaccurate 'real time' information and food defrosting: Why people get angry at Bus Éireann
One passenger described the ‘real time’ system as “more like random number generators as they are never accurate”.
'Privatise the bloody service': The complaints sent to Shane Ross during the Dublin Bus strike
People urged the transport minister to intervene, saying the strike was having a negative impact on their lives.
'You'll look like a God': How people thought the Luas dispute could be solved
Here’s what members of the public thought about the strike – one of the biggest talking points of 2016.
Enda Kenny really likes to give people crystal bowls
Sometimes with shamrock, sometimes without.
Abortion, Syria and autograph requests - a look through the Taoiseach's post
Some people love him and some people don’t.
Division by division breakdown: Over €54 million spend on garda overtime
The bill for the Dublin divisions made up 62% of the overall spend.
It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims
The disputed expense claims date back to 2006 and 2007, when Brian Ó Domhnaill was a member of Donegal County Council.
Staff member in disabled care home accused of "verbal and psychological abuse"
New documents show a range of issues raised with disability services in Ireland.
Scrapping the USC could lead to an increase in property tax... of 600%
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty this morning described the alternative options to USC revealed via Freedom of Information as “shocking”.
For and against: The letters Irish people have written to the Taoiseach about abortion
The majority of the letters urge the Taoiseach not to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Dodgy tips, aggressive drivers, "smelly" vehicles - taxi complaints went through the roof in the last four years
More than half of the complaints made last year concerned the behaviour of taxi drivers.
€1.5m given by Europe to retrain workers after factory closure may be returned
Sinn Féin has called for the government to intervene.
Carer called elderly dying patient a 'big fat c**t' and threw water over another
Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show multiple instances of abuse and oversight.
Here are the gifts Ireland dished out to foreign dignitaries last year
Crystal bowls feature heavily.
Bill Clinton had private concerns over Gerry Adams' IRA links
“I don’t know what the real deal is between him and the IRA.”
'I couldn't give a rat's arse if you report me!': There have been complaints about the swearing of Dublin Bus drivers
A lot of customers have been airing their grievances.
One Dublin Bus passenger was angry about drivers urinating in front of his daughter
A complaint was made to the Department of Transport back in January.
Irish Water are deliberately confusing their payment figures, says Paul Murphy
This comes after the utility released information as part of an freedom of information request.
Ireland's most dangerous prisons: Around the country staff are working in constant danger
So far this year there have been more than 50 assaults by prisoners on staff.
Even more people have paid their water bills - but it's just over half of customers
New figures received by Paul Murphy also shed new light on the situation.
Irish Water 'tightened controls' after customer bank details were sent to the wrong people
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.
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.
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.
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.
An ambulance broke down during an emergency once every 33 days last year
There were 48 total breakdowns overall.
Government spin 'now seeping into the civil service'
Reports today reveal Department officials said housing figures had been spun.
'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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
The Obama ladies' trip to Ireland cost $251,000
Don’t worry though – the US paid for it.
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.