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#Freedom of Information

# 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.

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

Government backtracks on FOI Bill amendment on charges
# FOI
# FOI

Government backtracks on FOI Bill amendment on charges

Nov 13th 2013, 11:04 PM 11,982 Views 38 Comments

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this evening that as a result of “confusion and misinterpretation” of the intention of the amendment, it is to be withdrawn.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
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

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

Nov 13th 2013, 2:12 PM 5,859 Views 36 Comments

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"
# FOI
# FOI

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

Nov 12th 2013, 6:43 PM 9,236 Views 37 Comments

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...
# Irony
# Irony

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

Nov 12th 2013, 11:11 AM 4,540 Views 16 Comments

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?
# Legislation
# Legislation

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

Nov 12th 2013, 6:45 AM 6,033 Views 26 Comments

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
# News Fix
# News Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

Nov 10th 2013, 7:52 PM 18,533 Views 7 Comments

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
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

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

Nov 10th 2013, 4:06 PM 8,571 Views 25 Comments

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
# Transparency
# Transparency

Howlin to announce new Open Data measures today

Oct 31st 2013, 6:40 AM 4,760 Views 10 Comments

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
# NSFW
# NSFW

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

Oct 4th 2013, 11:00 PM 38,365 Views 118 Comments

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
# Parliamentary Porn
# Parliamentary Porn

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

Sep 4th 2013, 8:59 AM 8,381 Views 39 Comments

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'
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

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

Aug 16th 2013, 5:58 PM 5,641 Views 9 Comments

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'
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

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

Aug 16th 2013, 7:15 AM 6,572 Views 12 Comments

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
# Legislation
# Legislation

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

Aug 15th 2013, 7:15 AM 9,183 Views 60 Comments

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
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

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

Jul 25th 2013, 7:48 AM 5,240 Views 43 Comments

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
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Cabinet papers from 2008 set to become available

Jul 17th 2013, 12:21 PM 4,716 Views 22 Comments

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
# Childcare
# Childcare

HSE begins publishing pre-school inspections

Jul 12th 2013, 12:15 PM 5,925 Views 6 Comments

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
# Bank Guarantee
# Bank Guarantee

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

Jul 8th 2013, 7:15 AM 17,546 Views 85 Comments

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
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Information Commissioner: staff resources no excuse for FoI delays

May 14th 2013, 5:20 PM 5,132 Views 13 Comments

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
# ECB
# ECB

Noonan denies ECB instruction to refuse information about IBRC

Apr 27th 2013, 7:15 AM 5,510 Views 53 Comments

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
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Labour MEPs call on government to release information about IBRC liquidation

Apr 22nd 2013, 5:05 PM 6,051 Views 44 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Monday 15 April, 2013

Queen Elizabeth gave a nice bottle of whiskey to Enda Kenny in 2011
# Pressies
# Pressies

Queen Elizabeth gave a nice bottle of whiskey to Enda Kenny in 2011

Apr 15th 2013, 7:05 AM 17,818 Views 54 Comments

Find out what presents Enda Kenny has received since taking office… including a €5k famine painting from Michael Flatley.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 29 March, 2013

Horsemeat scandal: Dept refuses to release over 200 pages of emails with FSAI
# Horsemeat
# Horsemeat

Horsemeat scandal: Dept refuses to release over 200 pages of emails with FSAI

Mar 29th 2013, 7:30 AM 5,404 Views 10 Comments

The Department of Agriculture refused to release over a hundred pages of emails between it and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland following a Freedom of Information request.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 21 March, 2013

RTÉ corrects reports that it spent €360,000 on taxi fares
# Taxis
# Taxis

RTÉ corrects reports that it spent €360,000 on taxi fares

Mar 21st 2013, 5:42 PM 11,451 Views 98 Comments

The public broadcaster actually only spent €269,298 on taxis last year, it says…

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 5 March, 2013

NAMA costs in environmental information court case total €71,350
# NAMA
# NAMA

NAMA costs in environmental information court case total €71,350

Mar 5th 2013, 10:00 PM 7,841 Views 21 Comments

The figure came from the Minister for Finance in an answer to a parliamentary question from Sinn Féin deputy Pearse Doherty.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

Media representatives call for Freedom of Information fees to be dropped
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Media representatives call for Freedom of Information fees to be dropped

Feb 6th 2013, 2:13 PM 4,197 Views 14 Comments

Journalists speaking before the Finance Committee today also said the whole administrative system needs reform.

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

Junior doctors in Cork worked almost 125,000 overtime hours in 5 months
# Junior Doctor
# Junior Doctor

Junior doctors in Cork worked almost 125,000 overtime hours in 5 months

Jan 31st 2013, 3:28 PM 8,475 Views 54 Comments

Earlier this month it was revealed that junior doctors are being asked to work 36 hours in succession.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 21 December, 2012

Reilly spokesman rejects SF claims of NAMA talks on Balbriggan site
# Balbriggan
# Balbriggan

Reilly spokesman rejects SF claims of NAMA talks on Balbriggan site

Dec 21st 2012, 4:25 PM 5,458 Views 28 Comments

Sinn Féin said documents suggested James Reilly discussed the specific site earmarked for a Primary Care centre in Balbriggan during a meeting with NAMA.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Swords and Balbriggan added to primary care list night before announcement
# Primary Care
# Primary Care

Swords and Balbriggan added to primary care list night before announcement

Dec 5th 2012, 2:11 PM 3,577 Views 24 Comments

Documents obtained by Fianna Fáil show the government preparing to announce a list of 33 venues, not 35.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 2 November, 2012

Irish hospitals spent €815k on debt collectors to retrieve unpaid hospital fees
# Money Owed
# Money Owed

Irish hospitals spent €815k on debt collectors to retrieve unpaid hospital fees

Nov 2nd 2012, 6:45 AM 7,473 Views 30 Comments

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin spent more than twice as much as any other hospital in the country on debt collectors.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 30 October, 2012

Hospital's no-smoking policy flouted by both patients and visitors
# Smoking Ban
# Smoking Ban

Hospital's no-smoking policy flouted by both patients and visitors

Oct 30th 2012, 6:45 AM 13,996 Views 82 Comments

Having spent over €10,000 earlier this year on no-smoking signs, the sight of smokers remains commonplace on the grounds of Beaumont Hospital.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Lenihan letters: What’s been released, and what hasn’t
# Bailout
# Bailout

Lenihan letters: What’s been released, and what hasn’t

Oct 24th 2012, 5:29 PM 14,149 Views 24 Comments

The release of further documents this week help to shed further light on Ireland’s bailout. But what don’t we know?

In full: Brian Lenihan tells the ECB why Ireland needs a bailout
# Bailout
# Bailout

In full: Brian Lenihan tells the ECB why Ireland needs a bailout

Oct 24th 2012, 4:16 PM 13,387 Views 30 Comments

“There comes a point at which negative sentiment starts to feed on itself … we are clearly at that point.”

Released: Brian Lenihan’s letter where Ireland asks for a bailout
# Bailout
# Bailout

Released: Brian Lenihan’s letter where Ireland asks for a bailout

Oct 24th 2012, 2:25 PM 18,766 Views 95 Comments

The Department of Finance has released the letter of November 21, 2010 where Brian Lenihan says: ‘We need help.’

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

Britain blocks publication of Prince Charles letters
# Royal Correspondence
# Royal Correspondence

Britain blocks publication of Prince Charles letters

Oct 16th 2012, 8:59 PM 10,166 Views 10 Comments

The attorney general blocked the letters saying it could be difficult for Charles to fulfil his duties as king if they are released.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 26 August, 2012

We asked for copies of the ECB’s letters to Brian Lenihan. Here’s what happened
# Bailout
# Bailout

We asked for copies of the ECB’s letters to Brian Lenihan. Here’s what happened

Aug 26th 2012, 2:07 PM 18,648 Views 53 Comments

With the letters back in the news today, we thought we’d publish the response to a request we made in April 2011.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 26 July, 2012

Information Commissioner welcomes Freedom of Information reform
# Transparency
# Transparency

Information Commissioner welcomes Freedom of Information reform

Jul 26th 2012, 11:13 AM 1,996 Views 3 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 25 July, 2012

The Irish government will sell you a floppy disk for 51c
# Old School
From The Daily Edge
# Old School

The Irish government will sell you a floppy disk for 51c

Jul 25th 2012, 7:29 PM 14,316 Views 20 Comments

File this under ‘stuff we learned today’.

Banks could be subject to Freedom of Information requests under new regime
# Transparency
# Transparency

Banks could be subject to Freedom of Information requests under new regime

Jul 25th 2012, 5:53 PM 4,570 Views 5 Comments

New Freedom of Information laws may see non-public bodies which get public support – like banks – subject to requests.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 24 July, 2012

Cabinet holds last meeting before summer recess - so what's on the agenda?
# School's Out
# School's Out

Cabinet holds last meeting before summer recess - so what's on the agenda?

Jul 24th 2012, 7:37 AM 3,461 Views 25 Comments

FOI extension, the abolition of town councils, and losing TDs are some of the issues expected to be addressed today.