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The Cypriot bailout request

This is the request Cyprus sent to Jean-Claude Juncker, formally seeking financial assistance from the EFSF/ESM on June 25, 2012.


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Longford County Council consultancy fees 2010

This is a breakdown of Consultancy/Professional fee expenditure by Longford County Council in 2010:

Ap/Ar ID(T) EURO
E C GEARTY (SOLICITOR) 221,095.01
ORDNANCE SURVEY OFFICE 45,626.32
LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES BOARD 27,578.69
GROARKE & PARTNERS 26,995.15
BRENDAN LESLIE 16,122.61
NIALL NALLY 15,843.23
KEVIN MURPHY 15,463.36
ARCH TECH LTD 15,000.01
JOHN J QUINN AND CO SOLICITORS 12,801.61
THE COMMISSIONER OF VALUATION 11,000.00
TOBIN CONSULTING ENGINEERS 10,514.90
STATE LABORATORY 10,501.15
BRADY SHIPMAN MARTIN 10,000.00
NICHOLAS O DWYER 9,866.12
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 9,208.00
DERMOT NOLAN & ASSOCIATES 8,464.10
CIARA BARRETT CONSULTANT HISTOPATHOLOGIST 8,356.40
FOROIGE 7,500.00
PETER BLAND BL 6,993.80
CHRIS THOMPSON 6,415.93
SHIRLEY MARKLEY 5,765.00
RORY MULCAHY 4,961.00
O REILLY STUART AND ASSOCIATES LTD 4,876.30
JUDITH CARROLL & CO 4,864.81
CARRIG CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL LTD 4,476.50
PLAN DESIGN ASSOCIATES 4,235.00
PMS PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES LTD 3,872.00
BOTTLE GREEN DESIGN 3,400.00
DR MEL GORMAN 3,244.00
CONNELLAN & CO SOLICITORS 3,000.00
CO OPERATION IRELAND 3,000.00
MICHAEL M COLLINS 2,722.50
O BRIEN & CO 2,596.80
BEHAN & ASSOCIATES 2,320.65
ROUGHAN & O DONOVAN LTD 2,279.64
MR SEAN DAVITT 2,036.38
AMANDA BROWNE 2,000.00
ABATE COUNSELLING & EAP LIMITED 1,785.59
PROPERTY REGISTRATION AUTHORITY 1,600.00
FAITH WILSON 1,452.00
WHITEHILL ENVIRONMENTAL 1,380.00
GREY WIZARD DESIGN 1,090.25
STEPHEN BYRNE BARRISTER AT LAW 1,089.00
DERMOT G HEWSON 1,070.00
MALCOLM P.G LITTLE 1,030.06
MARY COWHEY & CO 973.70
PETER J MCHUGH & CO 907.50
MICHAEL PUNCH & PARTNERS 907.50
DR PADRAIG MC GARRY 750.00
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES 702.00
DALTON AUCTIONEERING 695.75
OFFICE OF THE STATE PATHOLOGIST 690.12
DR NIALL DONOHOE 636.02
REINA FLOWER 600.00
GIOVANNI OLCESE 600.00
JOANNE SWEENEY 600.00
CCAS LIMITED 541.13
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS LTD 500.00
EIMEAR WALSHE 477.19
CHRISTOPHE LOMBARDI 400.00
HEDGE LAYING ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND 400.00
AINE NI GHLINN 400.00
RITA KELLY 400.00
GRONTMIJ IRELAND LIMITED 393.25
UNIT4 BUSINESS SOFTWARE(IRELAND) LTD 314.60
LOUGH REE DEVELOPMENT CO OP 300.00
ALAN GALLAGHER 250.00
DR F.W. FREEMAN 250.00
MURPHY SURVEYS LTD 242.00
EAMON DRAKE AUCTIONEER 242.00
COMPANIES REGISTRATION OFFICE 200.00
DOLORES KEAVENEY 200.00
PROPERTY PARTNERS MC DONNELL & CO 181.50
PROF EADBHARD O CALLAGHAN 150.00
PETER COX 150.00
DR RAVI GHUMARE 120.00
KEVIN MURPHY 120.00
SACRED HEART NATIONAL SCHOOL 100.00
ST BERNARD´S NATIONAL SCHOOL 100.00
SCOIL MHUIRE 100.00
DR BERTIE SHARKEY 100.00
VODAFONE IRELAND LIMITED 60.00
IAN DONOGHUE 50.00
ST MARYS NATIONAL SCHOOL 50.00
LONGFORD ARMS HOTEL 40.00
ULSTER BANK SERVICES LTD 40.00
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Longford County Council operational expenditure (other) 2011

This is all operational expenditure (Other) by the council in 2011.

Ap/Ar ID(T) EURO
IRISH PUBLIC BODIES MUTUAL INS LTD 1,850,934.19
LONGFORD LETTING & PROPERYTY MANAGEMENT LTD 76,955.00
MARSH IRELAND LTD (GALWAY) 74,013.58
JACKIE WHITE 39,279.00
CORNMILL MANAGEMENT COMPANY LTD 39,168.00
IGOE HOMES 36,175.00
CREEGAN MCCABE 26,300.00
PAUL O BYRNE 23,400.00
CHAZEY PROPERTIES 22,565.00
FINTAN BRENNAN 20,400.00
BRIAN KANE 19,465.00
JOSEPH DOYLE 18,733.00
FRANK & MARY GREENE 18,000.00
JOHN COSTELLO 18,000.00
O MAHONYS 17,532.84
Personal Information 17,000.00
WILLIE MORAN 16,275.00
JOHN KILCOMMINS 13,281.00
DECLAN & VERONICA GAHAN 13,200.00
PATRICK CRAWFORD 13,200.00
TOM COMERFORD 13,200.00
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES LTD 12,995.60
PROPERTY MATTERS 12,300.00
BRENDAN KEARNEY 11,880.00
JAMES BRESLIN 11,640.00
PETER LYNCH 11,500.00
LPJ CONTRACTORS 11,400.00
BRIAN CONNAUGHTON 10,650.00
DENIS SMYTH 10,500.00
GRAFTON COURT BOOKS 9,697.16
JOHN MCKEON 9,602.00
TERRY GORRY 9,600.00
TRACEY HANNIFIN 9,600.00
MATTHEW KELLY 9,211.00
LEO MCCABE 9,000.00
MATTIE MC GIVNEY & JOHN SHERIDAN 9,000.00
VINCENT WELDON 9,000.00
DECLAN KIERNAN 8,700.00
JOSEPH DELANEY 8,700.00
JOHN HUGHES 8,666.00
DAVID O DONNELL & MICK SPILLANE 8,648.00
BODALE DEVELOPMENTS 8,400.00
DEREK SHERIDAN 8,400.00
LORNA HEALY 8,400.00
JOHN SOUHAN 8,100.00
MICHAEL MC GUINNESS 7,920.00
ANGELA CARR 7,800.00
ANNE DONLON 7,800.00
DAVE DELANEY 7,800.00
DAVE DOHERTY 7,800.00
ENDA MURTAGH 7,800.00
MARJORIE CARNEY 7,800.00
MARK CADAM 7,800.00
MATTHEW MULLEN 7,800.00
MICHAEL DENNANY 7,800.00
MICHAEL FORKAN 7,800.00
NOEL CASSIDY 7,800.00
NOELLA O REILLY 7,800.00
Personal Information 7,800.00
SEAMUS HORAN 7,800.00
SEAN CONEFREY 7,800.00
FRANCIS MCNERNEY 7,560.00
ORAZIO FORTE 7,560.00
THE BOOK NEST 7,509.77
MARTINA & ANDREW WALSH 7,440.00
THOMAS FITZGERALD 7,440.00
CATHAL GILTRAPP 7,300.00
ANN & PAT O´BRIEN 7,200.00
AUSTIN TRAPPE 7,200.00
CATHERINE GALLIGAN 7,200.00
COLIN MCGUINNESS 7,200.00
GEMMA LARKIN 7,200.00
GERARD HEARTY 7,200.00
GERARD MACKLE 7,200.00
JOAN KELLY (NEE MARTIN) 7,200.00
JOHN FINN 7,200.00
JOHN MC CORMACK 7,200.00
JOHN MC KIERNAN 7,200.00
JOHN QUINN 7,200.00
KATHTRINA FURLONG 7,200.00
MARTIN REILLY 7,200.00
MICHAEL & BARBARA O MALLEY 7,200.00
MICHAEL KEARNEY 7,200.00
MICHAEL LARKIN 7,200.00
PAT FAUGHNAN 7,200.00
PATRICIA MULLIGAN 7,200.00
Personal Information 7,200.00
PETER BOOTH 7,200.00
PHILIP GEOFFREY HARVEY 7,200.00
ROSE MOCKLER 7,200.00
SUSAN REYNOLDS 7,200.00
VINCENT FLYNN 7,200.00
TERRACOTTA CONSTRUCTION LIMITED 7,150.00
TREVOR CARTER 6,960.00
LIAM BOLGER 6,840.00
RENATO PIZZI 6,840.00
GERARD SMYTH 6,744.00
JOHN & ELAINE NALLY 6,717.00
SEAN CASSIDY 6,670.00
DAVID MULLIGAN 6,600.00
DEREK MURPHY 6,600.00
EDEL STARR 6,600.00
ENDA CLAFFEY 6,600.00
ENDA FLYNN 6,600.00
EUGENE MCCORMACK 6,600.00
GEORGE BELTON 6,600.00
GERRY KENNEDY 6,600.00
JAMES & ANN SHAUGHNESSY 6,600.00
JAMES & MARY HALLIGAN 6,600.00
JAMES MADDEN 6,600.00
JAMES MURTAGH 6,600.00
JESSICA GOLDERICK 6,600.00
JOHN CORCORAN/DES MC GUIRE 6,600.00
JOHN KEEGAN 6,600.00
JOHN MAGEE 6,600.00
JOHN MC GOWAN 6,600.00
JOHN WHITE 6,600.00
JOSEPH LEWIS 6,600.00
JOSEPHINE NYAZIKA 6,600.00
KIRSTEN MULLINS 6,600.00
KPLG PROPERTY PARTNERS 6,600.00
MAREL DEVELOPMENTS LTD 6,600.00
MARK CUNNINGHAM CONSULTING ENGINEERING 6,600.00
MARTHA ROSNEY & UNA ROSNEY 6,600.00
MAUREEN O KEEFFE 6,600.00
MICHAEL & BERNIE MOLLAGHAN 6,600.00
MICHAEL & LINDA WALLACE 6,600.00
NOREEN MCKENZIE 6,600.00
PAT DURNING 6,600.00
PATRICK MC DONAGH 6,600.00
PATRICK MOLLAGHAN 6,600.00
Personal Information 6,600.00
PETER DEEGAN 6,600.00
RICHARD TREHY 6,600.00
ROBERT O´LEARY 6,600.00
THOMAS MCCORMACK 6,600.00
MARY BHAWNANI 6,480.00
BERNARD MC DONNELL 6,406.00
INTERLEAF TECHNOLOGY LTD 6,391.70
ANN MARIE COLLINS 6,300.00
ENDA CASSIDY 6,300.00
JEAN BIRD 6,300.00
MICHELLE MULLIGAN 6,240.00
SEAN BRADY 6,210.00
EAMONN & CARMEL TYNAN 6,192.00
PHILIP O DEA 6,139.00
DEREK DUFFY 6,050.00
EOIN POWER 6,050.00
KEVIN QUINN 6,050.00
ALAN HANLY 6,000.00
ALAN HOGAN 6,000.00
ANNE WALSH 6,000.00
DIARMUID MCNAMEE 6,000.00
EIMEAR REILLY 6,000.00
FRANCES KELLY & THOMAS CARROLL 6,000.00
GARY & URSULA MAC GABHANN 6,000.00
IAN BOWDEN 6,000.00
LEO OWENS 6,000.00
LORRAINE QUINN 6,000.00
LOUGHDAVAN CONSTRUCTION LTD 6,000.00
MICHAEL BARKER 6,000.00
MICHAEL OATES 6,000.00
MULLINGAR FINANCIAL SERVICES LTD 6,000.00
MYLES CREEGAN 6,000.00
PAT & LISA WHELAN 6,000.00
PATRICK NOLAN 6,000.00
PAUL MARTIN 6,000.00
PIERCE & MAURA COMERFORD 6,000.00
SEAMUS & IRENE DOWD 6,000.00
SEAMUS KANE 6,000.00
THOMAS & MARY MC CORMACK 6,000.00
ANDREW SMITH 5,880.00
CORMAC SMITH 5,850.00
COLM LEONARD 5,760.00
PAULINE GRAY 5,750.00
DONAL BUCKLEY 5,707.30
OLWEN COONEY 5,701.00
EAMON LYNCH 5,700.00
GERRY CHANEY & PATRICK DUFFY 5,700.00
PATRICK MORAN 5,645.00
PETER GALLIGAN 5,520.00
BRENDAN & FIONA FALLON 5,500.00
DR SYED ALI 5,500.00
ALAN & JANET JONES 5,495.00
DAVID MC CORMACK 5,471.00
WILLIAM WALSH 5,410.00
AILEEN & BRENDAN DERVAN 5,400.00
COLM MC GREAL 5,400.00
DAN & LOUISE MAGAN 5,400.00
DERMOT MCGUINNESS 5,400.00
ERIN BARRETT 5,400.00
FERGUS DARCY 5,400.00
JAN CUMISKEY 5,400.00
JIM FITZGERALD 5,400.00
JOHN MURPHY 5,400.00
MARIE FOGARTY 5,400.00
NEIL RAWLE 5,400.00
PAUL CURLEY 5,400.00
Personal Information 5,400.00
Personal Information 5,400.00
SEAMUS ROSS 5,400.00
LEO BUCKLEY 5,394.00
Personal Information 5,322.60
JAMES ROCHE 5,200.00
HARRY SKELLY 5,196.00
JOHN WALSHE & MARY GIBLIN 5,196.00
DECLAN TANSEY 5,160.00
MARY CASEY 5,160.00
PAULINE O SHEA 5,160.00
ANDREW O CONNELL 5,100.00
CONOR MC CARTHY 5,100.00
MATHONA MC DONAGH 5,100.00
PATRICIA KEAVENEY 5,100.00
Personal Information 5,100.00
Personal Information 5,078.00
JOHN BUCKLEY 5,065.00
DARRAGH KELLY 5,040.00
ASHLING & STEPHEN DIXON 5,033.00
DENISE HIGGINS 5,001.00
DIAL A CHEF CATERING 4,982.43
PETER & MARTINA GILLIVAN 4,933.00
GERRY FARRELL 4,900.00
PAUL REYNOLDS 4,900.00
TRACEY SMITH 4,805.00
AINE KEIGHRAN 4,800.00
BERNARD GARVEY 4,800.00
FELIX & NICOLA WILSON 4,800.00
IRVINE FERRIS 4,800.00
JOE DUFFY 4,800.00
JOSEPH & HANNAH O´REILLY 4,800.00
LIAM BROWNE 4,800.00
MARK MCGUINNESS 4,800.00
MARY TYNAN 4,800.00
MICHAEL SHAW 4,800.00
MURT O´BRIEN 4,800.00
PATRICK QUAINE 4,800.00
PAUL FLOOD 4,800.00
Personal Information 4,800.00
SEAMUS KENNY 4,800.00
TIMMY FITZPATRICK 4,800.00
Personal Information 4,737.00
BART KANE 4,620.00
EAMON O´REILLY 4,620.00
NICK KILLANE 4,500.00
Personal Information 4,457.00
BRIAN A LENEHAN 4,258.00
EUGENE & SHEENA O BRIEN 4,232.00
EDDIE NAUGHTON 4,200.00
ULVERSCROFT LARGE PRINT BOOKS 4,069.43
JOE BYRNE 4,050.00
KAY SMYTH 3,934.00
FREDA CONNAUGHTON 3,900.00
PADDY CASSIDY 3,744.00
COLIN & SHANNON FARRELL 3,600.00
GERRY BUCKLEY 3,600.00
CHRISTY PARKER 3,531.00
EDWARD CASEY 3,500.00
BALLYRYE LTD 3,441.50
BESPOKE CONSTRUCTION C/O GRANT THORNTON 3,420.00
BRIGHT BOOKS SUPPLIES LTD 3,360.27
KAREN BRODER 3,280.00
HUGH FAGAN 3,150.00
JOHN & CHRISTINA BARRY 3,145.00
THERESE MCKIERNAN 3,120.00
AIDEEN REYNOLDS 3,080.00
MICHAEL JOYCE 3,000.00
GERRY MCCABE 2,776.00
NOEL O DONNELL 2,610.50
BERNARD O NEILL 2,598.00
MEL KILRANE 2,598.00
JOHN FERGUSON 2,400.00
MICHAEL SPILLANE 2,381.00
THOMAS BROWNE 2,170.00
HOMECARE INSULATION LTD 2,155.00
Personal Information 2,155.00
JOHN FARRELL 2,076.00
Personal Information 2,005.00
FRANK GREENE PROPERTY SALES 2,000.00
LONGFORD ARMS HOTEL 1,853.55
IRISH LIBRARY SUPPLIERS LTD 1,741.90
THOMAS MC CORMACK 1,650.00
GERARD P NAUGHTON 1,600.00
EDWARD DENNISTON & CO LTD 1,477.05
TURNERS SWIFT PRINT LTD 1,476.20
COONEYS HOTEL 1,450.00
ALAN JENKINS 1,400.00
THE GREVILLE ARMS 1,373.45
GARY ROBINSON 1,300.00
DREAMLINES ENTERTAINMENT LTD 1,234.64
PETER BRADY 1,200.00
GREY WIZARD DESIGN 1,167.53
RONAN MEELEY 1,140.00
JAMES FITZGERALD 1,032.00
Personal Information 954.30
COMMUNITY INSURANCES CONSULTANTS LTD 827.31
WILLIAM FARRELL PHOTOGRAPHY 800.00
JOSEPH & TERESA KIERNAN 763.00
SKELLYS BAR 735.48
CENTRE NEWS 698.85
PAT & ROSE MCCANN 694.00
BILLY HAWNEY 650.00
DOMINICK COMERFORD 630.00
Personal Information 600.00
GERALDINE BOYLE 550.00
MIDLAND TROPHIES 520.00
ELIZABETH FAGAN 500.00
FUTA FATA 479.87
HANLYS SHOP 457.30
FLANAGANS TAKE AWAY 398.90
FOUR MASTERS PRESS 360.00
Personal Information 358.27
Personal Information 340.00
LUIGIS FAST FOOD 326.30
Personal Information 320.00
COLLUM & BARLEY HARBOUR AMENITY GROUP 306.45
ROBERT MONTGOMERY 295.00
IRISH RAPTOR RESEARCH CENTRE (EAGLES FLYING) 280.00
Personal Information 246.20
Personal Information 240.00
TIGH FILÍ 240.00
Personal Information 235.00
BACKSTAGE THEATRE LTD 218.76
SUPERSAMS 216.90
Personal Information 200.00
ANNE SKELLY 192.00
LONGFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY 180.00
GIRASOLE PIZZA & PASTA RESTAURANT 172.00
CLARUS PRESS 165.00
Personal Information 160.00
RED ROSE CAFE 160.00
SEAFIELD HOTEL 140.00
THE RUSTIC INN 133.00
STEAK HOUSE RESTAURANT 112.10
Personal Information 110.50
AUDIOGO LIMITED 110.03
BOOKPOINT LTD 107.92
CAREER CHOICE 101.70
AUDREY HEALY 100.00
Personal Information 100.00
TORANN NA DTONN 100.00
Personal Information 99.90
FRONTLINE MAGAZINE LTD 95.00
INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION 86.00
TIME WARNER PUBLISHING B V 84.78
MIDLAND TROPHIES 80.00
Personal Information 80.00
Personal Information 75.00
Personal Information 64.00
Personal Information 60.00
GRANARD INN CHINESE (THU BUI LE THI) 59.00
Personal Information 57.00
ELM PUBLICATIONS 55.46
METRO EIREANN 52.00
Personal Information 50.00
VIEWMOUNT BED & BREAKFAST 50.00
THE HOPE FOUNDATION 47.50
COURTWOOD BOOKS 47.00
DURKINS LONGFORD LTD 45.00
CORK UNIVERSITY PRESS 39.00
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 38.00
INVOLVE LTD 25.00
Personal Information 23.00
INSHORE IRELAND 20.00
RECI 17.30
Accruals and Overhead Allocations -430,469.15
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Longford County Council consultancy/professional fees 2011

This is all money spent by Longford County Council on consultancy and professional fees in 2011. The biggest amount went to a law firm.

Ap/Ar ID(T) EURO
E C GEARTY (SOLICITOR) 235,209.67
ORDNANCE SURVEY OFFICE 45,626.28
LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES BOARD 26,199.75
NATIONAL UNIV OF IRELAND MAYNOOTH 25,483.21
RPS CONSULTANT ENGINEERS 24,000.05
DR NIALL DONOHOE 23,884.59
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF IRELAND 22,000.00
MATHESON ORMSBY PRENTICE 20,338.97
MIRIAM WALSH 18,911.60
STEPHEN BYRNE BARRISTER AT LAW 17,696.25
KEVIN MURPHY 13,241.19
NIALL NALLY 11,323.49
EDEL BIGGINS 10,419.29
FOROIGE 10,000.00
BRENDAN LESLIE 8,932.74
TOBIN CONSULTING ENGINEERS 8,801.87
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 8,672.07
THE COMMISSIONER OF VALUATION 6,750.00
STATE LABORATORY 6,168.00
DOWNEY HYNES PARTNERSHIP 5,791.06
PMS PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES LTD 4,720.51
OFFICE OF THE STATE PATHOLOGIST 3,998.26
DR MEL GORMAN 3,931.00
DR PADRAIG MC GARRY 3,403.30
CO OPERATION IRELAND 3,000.00
BOTTLE GREEN DESIGN 2,190.00
MALACHI F. CULLEN 2,105.81
THE DAMP STORE 1,815.00
ABATE COUNSELLING & EAP LIMITED 1,785.58
CHRIS THOMPSON 1,740.00
FRS FIRE & RISK SOLLUTIONS LTD 1,588.13
QUINN BROS 1,534.28
NOEL MONAHAN 1,400.00
BEHAN & ASSOCIATES 1,300.75
MR FRANK BYRNE 1,286.04
LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES BOARD 1,000.00
CREATE INTERACTIVE 919.60
BARRY HICKEY & HENDERSON SOLICITORS 907.50
VARMING CONSULTING ENGINEERS 847.00
PROPERTY REGISTRATION AUTHORITY 800.00
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS LTD 750.00
JOANNE SWEENEY 600.00
P J DONOGHUE 586.00
DALTON AUCTIONEERING 556.60
ANDREW CUNNINGHAM 507.07
LAND REGISTRY 500.00
CLAIRE KEEGAN 500.00
RÉ Ó LAIGHLÉIS 500.00
PETER J MCHUGH & CO 484.00
VISION-NET.IE 484.00
IP FORENSICS 478.97
COMPANIES REGISTRATION OFFICE 450.00
GERRY WYNNE 450.00
CCAS LIMITED 441.30
DR JOHN KEENAN 440.00
SEAN HARRINGTON ARCHITECTS 419.33
ANNE SKELLY 400.00
IPA (PUBLISHING AND SALES) 379.56
CHRISTOPHE LOMBARDI 360.00
ALAN EARLEY 350.00
DERMOT M MACDERMOT & CO SOLICITORS 344.38
BACKSTAGE THEATRE LTD 330.00
DR FRANCESCA M BRETT 321.40
UNIT4 BUSINESS SOFTWARE(IRELAND) LTD 314.60
MARTINA BARRY 300.00
LILIANA PATRICIA MURPHY 300.00
PHILOMENA MURPHY 300.00
BELINDA MC KEON 300.00
KEVIN MURPHY 280.00
DR F.W. FREEMAN 270.00
SHIRLEY MARKLEY 250.00
ULSTER BANK SERVICES LTD 250.00
MARY CLARE IGOE 250.00
HANNAH CARLETON 250.00
TRIONA NI CHNAIMHSI 200.00
VODAFONE IRELAND LIMITED 180.00
GREY WIZARD DESIGN 170.25
LANDDIRECT.IE 150.00
ALISON ENRIGHT BARRISTER AT LAW 140.00
MET EIREANN 80.00
EMOBILE 75.00
MIDOC 60.00
DR KEVIN FLANAGAN 50.00
GARDA JOHN NAUGHTON 15.64
EDEL FALLON 0.00
Accruals and Overhead Allocations -59,471.61
545,069.33
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Longford County Council assets registry 2011

Below is a list of all assets owned by Longford County Council, along with then asset value. The total value of assets in 2011 was €1,060,395,067.78

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Frank Flannery companies

For the record.

Frank Flannery (Francis Michael Flannery), who gives his date of birth as May 29, 1958 has used two addresses for companies he has variously been a director of. One is on Sycamore Road in Finglas Dublin 11, the other is on Quinn’s Road in Shankhill. His previous or current directorships include:

Company number: 0864.922670
Company name: European Platform for Rehabilitation
Registered in: Belgium

Company number: 435588
Company name: Laragh Consulting Limited
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: 248453
Company name: National Learning Network Limited
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: SC 127950
Company name: Momentum
Registered in: United Kingdom

Company number: SC 127950
Company name: Momentum Scotland (formerly Rehab Scotland)
Registered in: United Kingdom

Company number: 399079
Company name: Nardos Consulting Ltd
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: 123795
Company name: Rehab Lotteries Limited
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: 2236017
Company name: TBG Learning Limited
Registered in: United Kingdom

Company number: 14800
Company name: The Rehab Group
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: 4230009
Company name: Workability International
Registered in: United Kingdom

Company number: 27196484
Company name: Workability International (Europe)
Registered in: Netherlands

Company number: 217957
Company name: Connect Industries Ltd
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: 4629638
Company name: Goodwill RST Limited
Registered in: United Kingdom

Company number: 351660
Company name: Orbis Human Resources Development Limited
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: 2725214
Company name: Rehab
Registered in: United Kingdom

Company number: 216680
Company name: Rehab Enterprises Limited
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: 2989817
Company name: Rehab Group Services Limited
Registered in: United Kingdom

Company number: 139784
Company name: Rehab Industries Limited
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: 369442
Company name: Rehab Media Enterprises Limited
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: 387756
Company name: Rehab Properties Limited
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: 141434
Company name: Rehab Publications and Promotions Limited
Registered in: Ireland

Company number: 142501
Company name: Rehab Remanufacturing Services
Registered in: United Kingdom

Company number: 3005672
Company name: Rehab UK
Registered in: United Kingdom

Company number: 282889
Company name: RehabCare
Registered in: Ireland

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Was this website targeted by the State?

Now that the Government’s intention to proceed with the current fee regime seems clear (and indeed add new fee provisions) we should give our view on what his happening to FOI in Ireland. And unfortunately what we outline below is not an April Fool’s joke.

Back in 2009, TheStory.ie was established by myself and Mark Coughlan. We started this website for a few reasons, but one of the main ones was to obtain information from the Irish government in a systematic way using tools like the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).

We felt that FOI was being used in a very specific and narrow way, and in general was being used by journalists but not by the general public. We also felt that the implementation of the law was generally poor, largely because of the 2003 amendment to that law, and in general on how it is perceived by the people handling the requests. We committed to doing FOI in a new better way, and to publish any information we received on here.

Just after our first blog post, you, our readers asked to help with our effort. To that end you donated money to the cause, in order to fund our FOI requests – which is often an expensive and time consuming process (thanks to Ireland having FOI fees, and those fees being the highest in the world).

We used that money over the subsequent years to make requests, make appeals, pay for search and retrieval – and we’ve been quite successful. We argued the public’s case for transparency in NAMA at the High Court using AIE (a bit like FOI), and won (twice). We set precedents around the public interest override on personal information and on Cabinet records. In 5 years we sent over 200 requests, just in Ireland. We obtained never before seen documents from the ECB, and forced them to justify to the EU Ombudsman their refusal to release the Trichet/Lenihan letter. We used the US FOI Act, the British one, the European one, the ECB’s one and the Irish one.

During that time, the Fianna Fail administration fell. A new government was elected with promises of reform. One such proposal was to “restore the FOI Act” to it’s pre 2003 state. This was an indication that fees might be removed. But we were sceptical. And we were right – the promise was empty. A draft Bill appeared, then a pre-legislative process (in which we engaged extensively), then a full Bill appeared. Then a sneaky amendment appeared at Committee Stage that had never been mentioned before. And now we are at Report Stage, on the brink of passing a new law.

TheStory.ie for 4 years has used certain tactics in its FOI requests. These tactics have been developed because of how the current law operates and because of how poorly it’s implemented. These tactics and skills have, over that time, been passed on to other journalists, readers and citizens alike via blog posts and training to hundreds of people in person, over 1,000 subscribers and through more than 400,000 unique visits.

But now things are changing. Pretty much every method we developed to obtain access to information from government over the past 4 years are being legislated against.

We are somewhat flattered that the Government is probably drafting laws that target us – but we are also deeply concerned. Who benefits? The public certainly do not. Why would a government draft sections of a law to specifically target tactics used by a small blog?

Let’s go through two of these:

1. Multi-faceted requests

Because we were being charged €15 for every request, and because we were receiving donations from our readers, we were obliged to get as much information for every request as possible. This meant asking for multiple things in each request. This is called getting value for money. It would be remiss of us not to do this. Sounds reasonable, right?

The State’s reaction to us using this tactic has been categorical. An amendment to Section 12 of the Bill was drafted in secret, the wording of which had never appeared in any drafts in almost a year of pre-legislative scrutiny (in which we were involved). It was introduced at Committee Stage several months after the pre-legislative phase and months after the draft Bill was published. Here it was:


This is the State legislating against a tactic we at thestory.ie had successfully used and promoted for 4 years. And we only used it because of the unjustified €15 fee. If there was no fee, there would be no multi-faceted requests. Why did it appear so late in the process? Who proposed it? Who benefits from it? Who lobbied for it? Why was no one told about its drafting? What purpose does it serve? Does it serve the public interest?

Or is it an attempt by the State to prevent access to information, by blocking a workaround to the unjustified, and likely illegal, fee regime? We think it is, and have good reason to believe so, based on information we have seen. We also believe the multifaceted “issue” has been inflated to justify the addition of Section 12 (9).

2. Access to databases

In 2009 at the height of the John O’Donoghue scandal we sent our first request for a database. Not just parts of a database, but a whole one. And we wanted in a format like Excel. A request was sent to the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism seeking the expense claims of everyone at the Department since the inception of the database – what is referred to as a datadump. We were refused, and spent over €200 of your money appealing that refusal.

Once it got to the Information Commissioner we reached a settlement with the Department and the data was released as asked. This was one of the first times an entire dataset was released, and with this knowledge we obtained dozens more databases, usually spending data, from several other public bodies, and made the entirety available online. This amount of State spending had never appeared online before in such detail or in such amounts. The data from An Garda Siochana and the HSE alone totalled nearly half a billion euro. We were trying to establish a precedent that any citizen could obtain raw data from a public authority.

When the FOI Bill was published last summer, Section 17 (4) appeared and again this had not come up during the pre-legislative phase. It came out of the blue when the Bill was published. Sound familiar?

Simon McGarr over at TuppEd pointed out the ridiculousness of the Section, as drafted:

(4) Where an FOI request relates to data which are contained in more than one record
held on an electronic device by the FOI body concerned—
(a) the FOI body shall not be required to take any step that involves the creation of
anything for the purpose of searching for, or extracting, records that did not exist
at the time of the making of the FOI request,
(b) subject to paragraph (a), the FOI body shall take reasonable steps to search for
and extract the records to which the request relates, having due regard to the steps
that would be considered reasonable if the records were held in paper format, and
whether or not such steps result in the creation of a new record,
(c) if the reasonable steps referred to in paragraph (b) result in the creation of a new
record, that record shall, for the purposes of considering whether or not such new
record should be disclosed in response to the request, be deemed to have been
created on the date of receipt of the FOI request,
(d) subject to this subsection, an FOI body is not required by this Act to take any
steps by way of manipulation, analysis, compilation or other processing of any
such records, or any data contained in records, held by the body.

Out of sheer embarrassment the State subsequently removed some elements of this Section – the bits that refer to “paper”. But the rest remain.

Again, a tactic we had repeatedly and successfully used over the past 4 years was being legislated against. This new provision, taken to its logical conclusion, prevents the type of requests we have been doing. And again we know it is probably us being targeted because we are among the only ones using the tactic (others using the tactic were journalists we shared knowledge with). Who drafted the section? Who does it benefit? Why was it drafted? What purpose does it serve? Who lobbied for it?

So in summary:

1. Try to get around upfront FOI fees by asking for more than one item in each request. Effectively outlawed.
2. Try to ask for databases as a method of getting more data from one request. Effectively outlawed.
3. Try to ask for email data using Outlook Exchange queries. Effectively outlawed.
4. Try to get more information using digital methods. Give more discretion to FOI officers to charge more.
5. Try to appeal unjustified decisions to the Information Commissioner. Multiplication of fees due to affects of 1).
6. Try to be an engaged citizen, interested in transparency. Do something. Legislated against.
7. Try to obtain information efficiently, be reasonable. Get horrendous search and retrieval estimates.

The media’s ability to scrutinise things like State spending and the rights to freedom of expression of the people of Ireland are being legislated against, and secrecy is prevailing.

Minister Howlin and others will say we’re being alarmist. But they would say that wouldn’t they?

They’re the ones legislating against the tactics we’ve been using.

Welcome to Ireland in 2014.

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Merrill Lynch advice to Department of Finance

Via Pearse Doherty comes this result of an FOI request, reported on here:

Merrill Lynch & Co. told the Irish government in 2008 it would cost 16.4 billion euros ($22.8 billion) at most to rescue its banks, a quarter of the eventual bill for bailing out its financial system.

Merrill produced the estimate in a 45-page presentation to the Dublin-based Irish finance ministry on Nov. 18, 2008, according to documents released by the government after a freedom-of-information request by opposition lawmaker Pearse Doherty. Ireland paid the firm 7.3 million euros for banking advice in 2008 and 2009.

Full documents below, OCRd and turned the right way up.


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ECB again refuses release of Trichet/Lenihan bailout letter

This morning the EU Ombudsman notified me that the European Central Bank governing council had refused her office’s request to release the November 2010 communication between then ECB President Jean Claude Trichet and then Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, which I sought from the ECB two years ago.

The refusal yet again emphasises the culture of secrecy in which many European institutions operate. Despite the clear public interest in releasing the letter which the Ombudsman acknowledges, the ECB clearly believes it can operate with impunity. The decisions of the ECB, and its communications with the elected governments of Member States, are ones that European citizens should have access to, particularly in this context where Ireland has exited from the bailout and communications are a matter of record. European citizens seem to be powerless in the face of European bureaucracy and an endemic culture of secrecy within it.

Similar communications to Member States have variously come into the public domain, in Italy via a leak to the media and in Spain via a book written by the country’s former premier.

Unfortunately the EU Ombudsman has no power to compel the ECB to release the letter – her office should be empowered in this regard.

Here are the documents in relation to the release of the letter. Mario Draghi’s refusal:


The Ombudsman’s request to release:


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An Garda Siochana, transparency and access to information

An Garda Siochana have been subject to some significant public scrutiny of late, in terms of how accountable and transparent the organisation is.

This blog has long held the view that the force should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The current FOI bill before the Oireachtas contains provisions that will include the force under the Act for the first time, but only in relation to “administrative” records.

However, like we believe NAMA is subject to the separate Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations, likewise we believe An Gardai Siochana to also be subject to those regulations.

To that end, last year I sent a request to An Garda Siochana seeking certain environmental information. As the Gardai have no AIE officer (despite having an obligation to have one), I sent my request to their press office. They replied:

Applications for Access to Information on the Environment should be made to:

Information Officer,
Departmental Strategy Unit,
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government,
Newtown Rd,
Wexford

This response demonstrates just where we are when it comes to AIE in Ireland (and our international obligations under the Aarhus Convention). The Gardai were telling me to ask the Department of the Environment about information they held, and that they were legally obliged to respond to. I politely responded:

I’ve looked at the Regulations and this matter should should be dealt with by someone at An Garda Siochana, as the Department of Environment is not related to the request.

Perhaps you could point me to the person in charge of AIE requests at An Garda Siochana?

The Department of Environment doesn’t hold the information I’m requesting (it is its own public authority, as are all other the Departments, and authorities like Coillte, the Central Bank, the ESB, Bord Gais etc).

The information you quote is actually only related to AIE requests specifically to the Department of the Environment.

An Garda Siochana is a public authority for the purposes of the Regulations, so it is obliged to answer requests for environmental information (AIE requests). The process is similar in nature to Freedom of Information requests (though I know An Garda Siochana is not yet subject to FOI).

As the authority in question, there is one month for the requested information to be released, or rejected, citing any relevant exemptions under the Regulations.

Kind regards

Precisely one month later, the force responded to my request, and refused access citing “national security” and commercial sensitivity. I immediately appealed to internal review, as is my right under AIE Regulations. The Gardai failed to reply.

On the basis of deemed refusal, I then appealed to the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information, which then commenced an investigation into the force’s failure to respond to my request.

Following the commencement of this investigation I was then contacted separately by a member of the force at Garda HQ. On November 26 2013 I received an email stating:

I am directed by Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan to refer to your request for a review of the decision of the Garda Press Officer following your request for information from An Garda Síochána.

The Commissioner has directed that Assistant Commissioner Nolan conduct this review. I am to advise that Assistant Commissioner Nolan is out of the country until 19 December 2013 but he would welcome an opportunity to discuss the above matter with you. In this regard I would be obliged if you could advise of suitable dates to meet with Assistant Commissioner Nolan.

This request is highly unusual, without the participation of the Information Commissioner’s office. Normally a settlement is reached via negotiation with the OCEI, not independently of it. I therefore saw little benefit to meeting with Assistant Commissioner Nolan, and replied:

Thank you for your email of November 26.

I am a little puzzled! What is the precise purpose of the meeting?

My understanding is that the OCEI has commenced an investigation following An Garda Siochana’s failure to answer an appeal for internal review in relation to an AIE request. As such I’m not sure what assistance, as the requester, I can provide in relation to the OCEI investigation.

Kind regards

To this I received no reply. The investigation is ongoing.

In light of this I then sent a second request, seeking:

1) Any and all information relating to measures carried out by An Garda Siochana to implement its legal obligations under the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations 2007/2011. Specifically with reference to Section 5 (1) to (5) of the Regulations, what measures have an Garda Siochana carried out in particular vis-a-vis:

A public authority shall:
(a) inform the public of their rights under these Regulations and the Directive and provide information and guidance on the exercise of those rights, and
(b) make all reasonable efforts to maintain environmental information held by or for it in a form or manner that is readily reproducible and accessible by information technology or by other electronic means.,
(c) ensure that environmental information compiled by or for it, is up-to-date, accurate and comparable,
(d) maintain registers or lists of the environmental information held by the authority and designate an information officer for such purposes or provide an information point to give clear indications of where such information can be found.

Kind regards

I received a reply to this on December 19:

An Garda Síochána have responded to and are currently liaising with the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information. This matter is now being dealt with by the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information and all queries should be addressed to that office.

Incorrect, I pointed out. This was a new and separate request:

Thank you for your email.

However, this is new and separate request to the one currently under appeal with the OCEI. It was sent on November 4, and no reply was received by December 4.

There is a one month deadline to issue an internal review decision under the Regulations in relation to this request.

Kind regards

Following another month passing by, and time limits being breached, I then received a follow up email:

The formulation of a policy for An Garda Síochána in relation to its obligations under the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations 2007/2011 has commenced.

As previously advised, Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan is willing to meet with you to discuss whatever issues you wish to raise.

Any future correspondence in the matter should be forwarded directly to Assistant Commissioner Nolan commissioner_ST@garda.ie

Kind regards,

This response does not answer my original request. And this is where we are now. As far as I can see it is now clear the An Garda Siochana have essentially appointed Assistant Commissioner Nolan as their AIE officer, and all public requests seeking environmental information should be directed to his office.

So goes the current state of Aarhus legal obligations in Ireland. Our own police force is failing to enforce and implement a law from 2007, and amended in 2011. And if this is how they handle AIE requests, to which they’ve been subject to several years – how should we expect FOI to work in relation to them once the new bill passes?

(FYI Irish citizens can now (as of September 2013) complain about the Irish implementation of the Aarhus Convention directly to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (ACCC) in Geneva)

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