Category Archives: Cabinet records

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 2008/2009 documents. Below is an outright refusal, which we will be appealing (the decision maker… Read More »

McCreevy 1999 Cabinet documents

Mary Minihan in the Irish Times has recently been writing about Cabinet documents she obtained under Section 19 of the FOI Act. This little-used provision allows citizens to obtain Cabinet level documents and communications after 10 years has passed. She wrote the stories listed below and has been kind enough to share the documents involved… Read More »

Cabinet agendas January to July 2002

The little used 10-year rule again (Section 19 of the FOI Act). This time the Cabinet agendas for Cabinet meeting for the first half of 2002. The documents outline what was on the agenda for meetings, including memoranda for government submitted, aide memoires, appointments, grants to industry and more. All of the listed documents are… Read More »

Bertie Ahern's Cabinet briefing papers June/July 2002

Part of an ongoing process. These are the Cabinet briefing papers for then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern for June and July 2002. It covers issues such as FOI reform, Nice 2 and the IFI. In relation to the benchmarking process in 2002, I thought this particular passage particularly interesting, as to how governments try to manage… Read More »

Cabinet Agendas 1999

These are the Cabinet agendas for all Cabinet meetings from January to December 1999. Cabinet Agendas (among other Cabinet related documents) become available after 10 years, under Section 19 of the FOI Act (unlike in other countries where they can appear as soon as a few days after).

Cabinet Agendas 1998

I’ve published these before but now I’ve combined them into year documents and subjected them to an OCR process. These are the Cabinet agendas for all Cabinet meetings from April to December 1998. Cabinet Agendas become available after 10 years, under Section 19 of the FOI Act (unlike in other countries where they can appear… Read More »

Bertie Ahern's Cabinet briefing papers

As part of an ongoing process we are obtaining Cabinet records from 1998, 1999 and 2000. These records became available following the expiry of the 10 year rule under Section 19 of the FOI Act, as amended in 2003 (the amendment lengthened the time for release from 5 to 10 years, first making records available… Read More »

Cabinet Agendas January to July 2000

For some time now we have been seeking the Cabinet agendas for meetings from 1998, 1999 and 2000. We now have all agendas from April 1998 to July 2000. These records are available because of the 10-year rule in Section 19 of the FOI Act. This is the first time these documents have appeared in… Read More »

Taoiseach briefing papers 1998

As part of our look at Cabinet papers now available under Section 19 (3) (b) of the FOI Act, I sought some briefing papers for the Taoiseach for Cabinet meetings in April and May 1998. Some of the redactions refer directly to the Constitutional protection of Cabinet “discussion”. I will publish the schedule of redactions… Read More »