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# Transparency
Garda Ombudsman says it's already investigated some of Martin Kenny's allegations
The Sinn Féin TD raised concern about alleged garda malpractice in the Sligo-Leitrim division.
# Transparency
Policing Authority expresses 'deep unease' at garda management culture
The authority, which met with the Garda Commisioner today, also spoke of the impact of systematic failures on victims.
# turning off the tap
Irish Water won't say why the latest payment figures still aren't ready for publication
One TD has accused them of getting involved in party politics in an “unacceptable” way.
# the commissioner
Rank-and-file gardaí don't think much of their boss's stance on station closures
The Commissioner appeared before the Policing Authority for its first public session today.
# downey not out
IFA pay scandal: President steps back as review of top salaries begins
The move comes after revelations about general secretary Pat Smith’s generous pay package.
# public purse
Ministers don't have to explain most of their €1.4 million personal expenses
A new analysis of official figures by
# part 1
State surveillance: How Gardaí and others can secretly monitor you
Part One of’s two-part series on state surveillance in Ireland.
# aftermath
One year later, how has the 'Right to be forgotten' panned out for Europe?
While more than 250,000 requests have been made, the issue remains as divisive as ever.
# Transparency
Poll: Do you think politicians should be garda vetted?
Two Dublin councillors think they should – but most others disagree.
# requests
Now the government is requesting user data from Snapchat
Snapchat revealed the data as part of its first transparency report.
# Transparency
Here's how many Twitter accounts the Irish State tried to remove in 2014
A new report gives us some – but not all – of the info.
# Brown Envelopes
Ireland is less corrupt than it used to be...
… although there is still “a clear incentive for some people to engage in graft”.
# Transparency
The ECB is going to let you in on why they're slashing interest rates
Those on tracker loans will hear the decision-making process of the ECB’s record-low interest rates.
# transparency ireland
'It has never been easier to get away with white collar crime in Ireland'
Can criminals do more damage with a computer than with a gun in a bank?
# online checkup
Would a 'track my crime' system help victims trust garda investigations?
The system is in place in the UK and could come here.
# Victims
"This house is unanimous in its message to the British Government" - Parties unite on bombing files
Families of the Dublin-Monaghan bombing victims are currently suing for the release of files.
# what's your beef?
Coveney wants more 'communication' between farmers and beef factories
He said that it is critically important to restore confidence and build trust between suppliers and processors.
# Northern Ireland
Police officers disciplined following litany of mistakes in GAA club fire investigation
The Police Ombudsman said that the investigators failed to conduct basic investigative enquiries into the cause of the fire.
Noel Rock: I'm taking €0 expenses – here's why
Unvouched expenses would not be tolerated in the any other business, and taxpayers shouldn’t have to tolerate it either.
# Transparency
Traveller and human rights groups to have their say on Garda oversight
The Oireachtas Justice Committee is holding a meeting on the issue today and had invited a number of groups to speak.
# Transparency
Charities regulator takes shape, Shatter says it will 'improve accountability'
The need for the new authority has been repeatedly stressed in the wake of the controversies at the CRC and Rehab.
# Gardagate
Taoiseach says three dozen allegations of garda wrongdoing have come across his desk
Enda Kenny said he has no idea if they are true or not.
# Tax Returns
Here's how much the Obamas paid in tax last year (and how much they gave to charity)
The couple paid an effective income tax rate of 20.4 per cent.
# disclosure
Less than half of political parties accounting units have made their donation returns
The Commission plans to name and shame the political party accounting units that fail to submit their return on time.
# not kidding
Ex-firefighter running in locals wants whistleblower legislation for all public sector workers
John Kidd said he’ll be sticking up for middle income workers if he’s elected.
# give us the slip
Here's why one company lets workers look up each other's salary
Like to know what the boss earns? Whole Foods reckons knowledge promotes competitiveness and productivity among employees.
# Transparency
Ombudsman unhappy ECB won't give Brian Lenihan letter to journalist
Emily O’Reilly said that the ECB has “wasted an opportunity” to use transparency.
# Transparency
'Good employers have nothing to fear from whistleblowers legislation'
Brendan Howlin says the Protected Disclosures Bill is about a ‘change in culture’.
# disclosure
Majority of CEOs think State-funded bodies aren't monitored enough
Two-thirds of those surveyed believe that organisations in receipt of State funding are not adequately monitored or held to account.
# Irish Water
How transparent is Irish Water?
The Fianna Fáil party makes a strong argument in its latest video offering on the controversy.
# Political Reform
Political standards watchdog cannot fulfill duties because of appointments delay
SIPO is also in the middle of a disagreement with Minister Hogan about proposed accounting reforms for political parties.
Column: Ireland could learn a lot from Hong Kong
Unlike other small open economies, Ireland does not have a single agency dedicated to fighting corruption; our failure to hold people to account for manifest wrongdoing sends a clear message to citizens and international investors.
Aaron McKenna: Our government hides its actions by obstructing Freedom of Information
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
"Experts aren't always right" - Taoiseach defends FOI bill
The initial fee of €15 is “relatively small”, the Taoiseach said.
# Freedom of Information
Department's FOI amendments 'run entirely contrary to spirit' of bill
NUJ Secretary Seamus Dooley said that if the amendments are passed there is a danger FOI requests will “become unaffordable”.
# Transparency
Apple received 5 requests for account information from Ireland
The firm has released its transparency report, criticising the US gag order on how it reports law enforcement requests.
# Fr Niall Molloy
'No further prosecution' in Fr Niall Molloy case
Minister Alan Shatter said an independent examination of the garda report on the case will now take place “in the interests of transparency”.
# Transparency
Howlin to announce new Open Data measures today
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform wants to speed up Ireland’s admission to a global partnership on Open Data.
# Europe
Tomorrow is Emily O'Reilly's first day as European Ombudsman
O’Reilly said today that she will focus on bridging the cap between citizens and EU institutions.
# Prime Numbers
Cavemen, Cowen and Coca-Cola: The week in numbers
Plus: What percentage of people in Ireland smoke? And what’s the average weekly wage?