Right To Know and Public.Resource.Org initiate legal action against the European Commission

Today, Right To Know – in collaboration with US access to information NGO Public.Resource.Org (“Public Resource”) – announced they have initiated legal action against the European Commission at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Right To Know and Public Resource are seeking from the European Commission access to descriptions of certain technical… Read More »

An airport VIP bill of €16,500, a near €20,000 luxury accommodation bill, and €200 for a harpist – full details of spending on Dáil 100 commemorations

MORE than €930,000 has been spent on commemorations and events for the one hundred year anniversary of the first sitting of Dáil Éireann this year. The expenditure included €16,500 on VIP services at Dublin Airport, almost €20,000 in accommodation at two of Dublin’s finest hotels, €200 for a harpist, and just over €10,000 for 5,000… Read More »

Ryanair warned government it might have to move operations out of Ireland because of double taxation of air crew

RYANAIR told the Department of Finance it might have to move its operations out of Ireland because of an anomaly that sees pilots and air crew taxed in two countries. The warning was included in a submission prepared for Finance Minister Paschal Donohue who was told the low-fares airline would have to consider “the migration… Read More »

Government claimed ending citizenship rights for Irish-born children was needed because of fears over international terrorism

THE government claimed to be under pressure to curb citizenship rights for Irish-born children because of concerns over international terrorism, newly released Cabinet records have revealed. In 2004, the government held a referendum to end automatic citizenship rights to anyone born in Ireland, a decision that has grown increasingly controversial in recent months. Cabinet records… Read More »

Budget Submissions: doubling betting tax, leaving alcohol untouched, a possible reprieve for smokers, and closing an inheritance tax loophole

A selection of submissions for Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe ahead of Budget 2018: Among the most interesting parts: * The minister was told the “opportune time” had arrived to double betting tax amid ongoing pressure to increase tax on gambling. Mr Donohoe doubled the rate from one to two percent in this year’s budget and… Read More »

Department of Finance feared publishing even anonymous list of ministerial pensions amid concerns over data breach

THE Department of Finance was worried it couldn’t even publish an anonymised list of pensions for former ministers and officeholders because it would be too easy to identify them. Each year, the Department had printed a list of former taoisigh, ministers, presidents, along with other ex-officeholders and how much they received in their annual pension.… Read More »