… dedicated to sharing documents, combing and combining data and promoting transparency in public life: An experiment in journalism and crowdsourcing hoping to shed light on the government. If you’re spending the Irish taxpayers’ money, you’re on the radar.
The views expressed here are those of the writer alone and relate in no way to the the views or lack thereof of their employers, past or present.
Thestory.ie was originally set by Gavin Sheridan and Mark Coughlan. Gavin is a blogger and journalist from Cork. He established one of Ireland’s longest running blogs, Gavinsblog.com and helped set-up Kildarestreet.com. Kildarestreet is designed to allow citizens keep tabs on what their TDs and Senators are up to in the Oireachtas. You might see his name pop up in the Irish Examiner and the Sunday Times the odd time too. He works at a new media startup founded by former broadcaster Mark Little.
Fred Logue acts as a part-time pro-bono legal consultant to TheStory.ie. Fred is a lawyer who strongly believes that transparency and access to justice are essential elements of a modern democracy. He has helped theStory.ie with appeals against decisions by NAMA, Anglo Irish Bank, IDA, Central Bank of Ireland and the European Central Bank to refuse access to document and information. His fulltime role is at NewMorningIP.
Mark Coughlan is a journalist, videographer and researcher. He ran the website alongside Gavin until December 2010 when he took up a full time contract with RTÉ’s Prime Time. For the time being he is ‘on sabbatical‘ from thestory.ie but you can find his posts throughout the archives. If want to contact him, he’s at coughlanmp AT gmail DOT com, @mark_coughlan or 087 9431203.
Freedom of Information Act 1997/2003 (Ireland)
Access to Information on the Environment Regulations SI/133/2007 (Ireland)
Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents
European Communities (Re-Use of Public Sector Information) Regulations 2005
“Excellent”. Broadcaster and columnist Matt Cooper. Irish Examiner.
“…ferrets relentlessly through information obtained through Freedom of Information requests and publishes the results.” Hugh Linehan, The Irish Times, August 3, 2010
“…fantastic.” John Burns, The Sunday Times
“indispensible” Gene Kerrigan, The Sunday Independent
“Support them, shower them with breakfast cereals and all the gold they can eat.” Stephen Kinsella, Economics lecturer.
“….does for Irish political life what the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics does for the UK, except they do it better.” Peter Stafford, research analyst.