By Ken Foxe THE government took a €70 million hit on water charges because they feared legal issues over trying to recoup the water conservation grant. The €100 grant had been paid to householders on a universal basis and many who claimed it never actually paid any water charges. A briefing note prepared for the… Read More »
By Ken Foxe TDs and Senators have run up an overseas travel bill of more than €120,000 during the past seven months. Politicians jetted off to the four corners of the globe clocking up hundreds of thousands of air miles on trips to Iran, Russia, Canada, the United States, and Mozambique. One senator Ronan Mullen made… Read More »
DUBLIN City Council knew their decision to cancel a Repeal book event would cause a public furore but felt they had no choice but to pull the plug on it. Records released following an FOI request show how the council believed they would be breaking the law because they were directly funding the event. Concerns… Read More »
A FRESH set of guidelines for what broadcasters can and can’t do during a referendum campaign was needed to provide “greater certainty” over what’s allowed in the run-up to the vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Internal records from the Broadcasting Authority said that with four separate votes to come over the next two years,… Read More »
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) was forced to abandon plan to tie the public services card to driving licences applications amid concerns from the Attorney General about its legality. These are the sometimes very frosty to and fro correspondence between the RSA and the Department of Transport about the aborted plan.
THE head of the Department of Justice said a decision to withhold archives from the Kerry Babies case could be “misrepresented” but that the department had to do the “right thing” to protect the woman at the centre of the case. The Department is keeping the records secret even though they should have gone to… Read More »