Category Archives: FOIs

Department refusals for 2008 era records

We were interested to see the story in the Sunday Independent today by Danny McConnell that utilised the newly available 5 year rule under the new FOI Act. We have also been attempting to use the new Act to obtain … Continue reading

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Irish Water board meeting minutes

These are the board minutes of Irish Water for July through to mid October 2014. Apologies for the poor quality of the documents, but this is how I received them. Redactions were applied (whited out) to entire swathes of the … Continue reading

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US State Department Eksund / Libya Cables

These US State Department cables detail US perspectives of Libya as related to Ireland in the mid to late 1980s. They also detail the events around the capture of the Eksund, a ship bound for Ireland carrying arms from Libya, … Continue reading

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Department of Finance FOI requests log 2014

Obtained under the new FOI Act: the Department of Finance FOI request log for 2014 (to October).

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Trichet letter leaked

Good morning. The letter this blog has been pursuing access to since 2011 has finally been published. We pursued the letter because we believe the Irish public, and indeed the European public, have a fundamental right to access information, and … Continue reading

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ECB agrees to review Trichet letter release

In light of comments made by ECB Governing Council member Patrick Honohan in the book on Brian Lenihan I recently resubmitted my request for access to the letter that had previously been refused to this blog by ECB President Mario … Continue reading

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Garda report into Swedish House Mafia concert 2012

Thanks to Mark Tighe at the Sunday Times (Ireland) here is a copy of the Garda report into the Phoenix Parks concerts in July 2012. It was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act 1997/2003 following an appeal to the … Continue reading

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FOI Bill Report Stage amendments

We have received a copy of the amendment to the FOI Bill, below. At the outset we are concerned about one particular section: There shall be prescribed for the purposes of this subsection an amount to be called, and in … Continue reading

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On news of abolition of upfront FOI fees

Back in 2011 I wrote here that while the new Government proposed to restore the FOI Act to its pre-2003 position: “I trust not the words of politicians, but their actions..” We were right to be concerned, as Minister for … Continue reading

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The Irish Water communications strategy

For the record, and posterity.

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