Health Minister Simon Harris approved second cath lab for Waterford against advice of his officials

HEALTH Minister Simon Harris gave the green light to a controversial cardiac lab despite strong recommendations against it from senior departmental officials. The second cath lab at Waterford University Hospital had been a key priority for Independent Alliance junior minister John Halligan and was given approval by Minister Harris in early July. However, internal Department… Read More »

Driving down the wrong lane, vehicles on fire, running out of fuel – a year in the life of the country’s busiest motorway

THE country’s busiest motorway has witnessed more than 5,100 accidents and incidents since the beginning of 2017. Dublin’s M50 ring road has recorded “incidents” at the rate of over 243 per month, according to a detailed list provided by Transport Infrastructure Ireland. The events vary from low priority to major incidents with drivers falling ill… Read More »

Attorney General advised Department of Justice it did not have to search private email address for correspondence between ex-minister Frances Fitzgerald and PR advisor Terry Prone

THE Information Commissioner threatened to use his legal powers to force the Department of Justice to have searches carried out on private emails between former minister Frances Fitzgerald and PR advisor Terry Prone. The request was made as part of the handling of a Right to Know request for correspondence between Ms Fitzgerald and Ms… Read More »

Right To Know and the eNet saga: A Timeline

Given the god awful mess the National Broadband Plan is now in, it is worth reviewing the strange tale of the Metropolitan Area Networks and eNET – a tale we are now involved in via FOI litigation….