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# Freedom of Information

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# Transparency
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.
# old school
The Irish government will sell you a floppy disk for 51c
File this under ‘stuff we learned today’.
# Transparency
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.
# School's Out
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.
# Transparency
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.
# accessibility
€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.
# Transparency
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.
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.
# Transparency
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.
# Transparency
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.
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.
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?
# Bus lanes
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.
# Transparency
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.
# chatty men
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.
# Dáil Éireann
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”.
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.