Category Archives: Comment

What’s wrong with Ireland?

This is an analysis piece I wrote on March 15 for the Sunday Business Post to go with a story around a PWC report in late 2008 that analysed the loan books of Irish banks: It’s now more than six … Continue reading

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On Howlin, FOI reform and facts

We were very interested to read a blog post/speech by Public Expenditure & Reform Minister Brendan Howlin yesterday. It contains some very curious statements, and we assume the blog post was not actually written by Howlin (we’d be happy to … Continue reading

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When is a record held under the Freedom of Information Act?

This post is cross posted from my information rights blog. When is a record held for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Acts 1998 and 2003? That was the question the High Court had to answer in a recent decision of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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That GSOC UK 3G network

In a statement to the Dail last week Alan Shatter said: The third issue related to the security firm reporting the detection of an unexpected UK 3G network in the area in the locality of the GSOC offices which suggested … Continue reading

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The connection between fees and human rights

The CJEU has issued a very interesting judgment (Case C‑486/12) in the context of the Data Protection regime. A dispute arose when a Dutch public authority wished to charge €12.80 to a person for seeking information about themselves under the … Continue reading

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International NGOs call on Ireland to #abolishFOIfees

Access Info Europe and the Centre For Law and Democracy have called on the Irish government to abolish FOI fees entirely. In an open letter written to Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin, Helen Darbishire from Access Info and … Continue reading

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Tweets of the week on FOI

I’ve collected some of the best tweets from last week here: Any more suggestions let me know [View the story “FOI in Ireland” on Storify]

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Rabbitte on FOI: "…the information we want you to have – at a price – act"

We understand that in the cut and thrust of politics and public relations, the next stage in this process will be to paint opponents as irrational, crazy people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Such is the PR cycle, … Continue reading

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Latest Government spin released – a country analysis

As we expected, the Government has reacted to today’s media coverage of FOI and gone on the offensive. Yesterday included an embarrassing incident between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and internationally recognised experts on the rights to freedom … Continue reading

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