Mary Hanafin's trip to India

In 2006 the Government went on a trade mission to India. Mary Hanafin as Minister for Education went along. I put in the following FOI request: 1) The Minister’s schedule and appointments between January 1, 2006 and March 1, 2006. 2) A breakdown of flight costs, accommodation costs, hospitality costs, and any other costs borne… Read More »

Sean FitzPatrick's loans

The Independent leads tomorrow with a story about €100m in outstanding loans on which former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick is apparently not paying interest. That’s an interest bill of €400,000 a month, but no repayments are being made. This actually partly relates to my story the other day about Anglo-Irish Nominees Ltd. We… Read More »

Reports prepared for NAMA

Some time ago I sought the following information from the Department of Finance: 1) The titles, dates and authors of all cost-benefit analyses, impact reports or preparatory reports that have been carried out by the Department in relation to NAMA 2) The titles, dates and authors of all cost-benefit analyses, impact reports or preparatory reports… Read More »

Some questions for Mr Lenihan

The Daily Mail and Sunday Times have commented already on Lenihan’s diary as published here last week. The Daily Mail concentrated on the meeting with Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone on November 12, 2008. The Sunday Times was more concerned with all the constituency work Mr Lenihan was doing when he perhaps should have been doing… Read More »

Those guidelines cited for the Golden Handshake

“The severance package adhered to the guidelines set down by the Department of Finance“, they say. They being Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan, Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern, Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan and various other senior Government figures, including some Greens. The guidelines they refer to are… Read More »

Mary Coughlan’s talking points

Last month I sent the following Freedom of Information request: FOI Unit Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, August 13, 2009 Request for access to records under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 Dear Sir/Madam, In accordance with Section 7 of the above mentioned act, I wish to request… Read More »

Dermot Ahern on Molloy's Golden Handshake

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern spoke about Rody Molloy’s €1m slap on the back and the viablity of Mary Coughlan’s position as tánaiste on RTÉ’s The Saturday View, earlier. Click the latest show button to have a listen. Rachael English asked him if he agreed with his Fianna Fáil back bench colleagues who called Molloy’s… Read More »

Finance briefing documents

As part of my FOI request seeking the diary of Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, I also sought briefing documents used by himself and the Department’s Secretary General David Doyle. My request asked for: 1. The diary of the Minister for Finance (dates given) 2. Briefing notes prepared for the Minister for Finance for an appearance… Read More »