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#Freedom of Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 This post contains images

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

File this under ‘stuff we learned today’.

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

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?

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

# freedom-of-information - 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.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

€25k left unallocated for wheelchair-accessible taxis

Irish Wheelchair Association believes that, even with grant aid, VAT and VRT on accessible taxis and cabs are “prohibitively” high.

# freedom-of-information - 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.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 8 May, 2012

Column: Cronyism and corruption – one quick change would help fight them

It would be swift work to repeal the 2003 Freedom of Information Act, but it could have far-reaching consequences, writes Donal Ó Brolcháin.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 27 April, 2012

Change to TDs’ expenses reduces chance of similar phone expenses exposé

Reform of the Oireachtas expenses rules in March 2010 means reportage on fraudulent mobile phone expenses can’t be repeated.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 14 March, 2012

Chairman opposes making NAMA subject to Freedom of Information laws

Frank Daly tells an Oireachtas committee that requiring full transparency would compromise NAMA’s commercial objectives.

# freedom-of-information - 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.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 31 January, 2012

Column: Why should our government have the right to hide from its citizens?

Our leaders are spending our money in our names, writes Aaron McKenna – so why won’t they let us know how?

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 20 November, 2011

Varadkar not pleased with new rule that allows ministers to use bus lanes

A change in law now allows ministers to use the bus lanes when they’re on official business. They were stripped of their State-supplied cars and Garda drivers in March.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 15 September, 2011

Pivotal ruling may subject Nama to information requests

The highly secretive National Assets Management Agency may be laid open to information inquiries following a landmark ruling by the Information Commissioner – which could also potentially impact companies like Anglo Irish Bank.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

Saturday Night Show tops Late Late for guest costs

Brendan O’Connor show spent over €5,000 more on guests than Ryan Tubridy-fronted show. Between them, they shelled out €265,318 on filling the guest seats last season.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 21 June, 2011

Angry Dáil exchanges over alleged pension levy 'cover-up'

Micheál Martin accuses Enda Kenny of ‘covering up’ government policy on the pension levy – a claim labelled “balderdash”.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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.

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