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# Transparency

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Cavemen, Cowen and Coca-Cola: The week in numbers
Plus: What percentage of people in Ireland smoke? And what’s the average weekly wage?
The government asked Facebook for details of 40 users so far this year
In its first ever transparency report, Facebook said it received more than 25,000 requests from governments around the world about users’ information.
Waiting lists for individual consultants could soon be online
Health Minister Reilly has also announced plans for free GP care for children.
Column: The family home needs to be protected in a debt crisis
The banks are not looking at the long-term resolutions strategies for homeowners in debt; the only available strategies are limited to those that that suit bank recovery, writes Julie Sadlier.
Cabinet papers from 2008 set to become available
Changes to Freedom of Information (FOI) rules mean government deliberations from five-years-ago will be available on request.
The Dáil and Seanad sat for 1,699 hours and cost €105.5 million last year
The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission has published its annual report today with some interesting numbers on how the Dáil compares to other parliaments…
Column: With public trust in the EU declining, we need to ensure people feel connected
A forward and outward looking European Union is what we need, writes Dominic Hannigan TD, who says national parliaments should have an enhanced role in shaping the future of the EU.
Kenny and Obama to discuss EU presidency and bailout, but not Ireland's tax regime
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will arrive in Fermanagh later today, where he is expected to hold talks with the US president.
New regulator 'will restore confidence in planning system'
The establishment of such a regulator was recommended in the Mahon Tribunal’s report.
Column: Lobbying has become 'a dirty word'. We want to change that
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, explains the reasoning behind the government’s new plans to regulate lobbying and restore public faith in a vital activity.
Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rules
Proposals approved by ministers will enforce a legal “cooling-off” period for former office holders going into lobbying.
Noonan denies ECB instruction to refuse information about IBRC
The finance minister says the ECB has not told Ireland to refuse Freedom of Information requests about the IBRC wind-up.
Column: Secrecy has led to shameful practices in Ireland - whistle-blower law is needed now
If the economic downturn has taught us anything, it is the importance of exposing systemic wrong doing, writes Louise Bayliss.
Column: It’s time to scrap the 30-year rule on State documents
Slashing the time these crucial records stay secret would help the cause for transparency, writes Labour TD Anne Ferris.
Column: The Frontline debacle shows we need an independent debates commission
TV debates are important – and proper independent oversight would help build trust in our elections, writes Michael Moynihan TD.
Reply: Our parliamentary process is open and accessible
Mark Mulqueen, Head of Communication in the Houses of the Oireachtas, writes.
Taxpayers could find out what their money is spent on by next year
Legislation which would provide the taxpayer with a detailed statement of how much tax they paid and where it was spent by the government is being debated in the Dáil today.
Government launches performance measure website
How is Ireland doing? The Government has launched a pilot performance measurement website Ireland Stat to answer that question.
Ireland failing to tackle corruption, claims report
Media plurality, a regulator for charities and transparency in how people are appointed to State bodies all issues highlighted by Transparency International Ireland.
Column: Politicians have no place in deciding who gets freed from prison
Our early release system badly needs an overhaul, writes Liam Herrick of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.
Column: A new way to ask TDs questions – and get a direct answer
Launching this week, the DáilWatch project will allow Irish citizens to communicate directly with politicians, explains Sarah O’Neill.
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.
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.
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.
Non-profit transparency database to close due to lack of funding
The database collected information and funding, salaries and spending in non-profits and charities.
Website needed for disclosure of lobbyists' meetings with policy makers
Transparency International Ireland has reacted to a report in today’s Irish Times outlining proposed laws that will force lobbyists to disclose their contacts with politicians and senior civil servants.
Google reports 'alarming' surge in content-removal requests by governments
The company’s latest Transparency Report reveals requests from authorities in France, Germany the UK and US – but none in Ireland.
Column: Corruption has played a starring role in Ireland's economic crisis
The countries suffering the most from the economic turmoil in Europe all have major problems with corruption, writes Nuala Haughey.
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.
Taoiseach ‘will consider’ streaming meetings of IFSC management group
Enda Kenny will consider proposals from a Labour backbencher to bring transparency to the group overseeing the IFSC.
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.
Real sale prices of houses to be published - Shatter
The Minister for Justice has announced a new property regulatory body which will provide more transparency to the property market.
FG backbencher preparing 'tax transparency' bill to show where money goes
Eoghan Murphy wants to follow the lead of the UK, where each taxpayer is being given a breakdown of their tax spending.
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.
The Secret Service, centenarian bounty and cherished numbers: more on Howlin's report cards
Some of the more interesting items found in Brendan Howlin’s financial report cards.
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?
Column: Pity Kevin Cardiff – he never signed up for public scrutiny
Cardiff’s humiliation at the EU was a rare example of political transparency – something our civil servants are far from familiar with, writes Aaron McKenna.
Column: Politicians dressing up as pirates? It might just work…
Ireland might be getting a new president, but our political system still has deep flaws. A group of German ‘pirates’ could be showing us the way, writes Fergal Browne.