Tag Archives: FOI

Merrill Lynch advice to Department of Finance

Via Pearse Doherty comes this result of an FOI request, reported on here: Merrill Lynch & Co. told the Irish government in 2008 it would cost 16.4 billion euros ($22.8 billion) at most to rescue its banks, a quarter of the eventual bill for bailing out its financial system. Merrill produced the estimate in a… Read More »

ECB again refuses release of Trichet/Lenihan bailout letter

This morning the EU Ombudsman notified me that the European Central Bank governing council had refused her office’s request to release the November 2010 communication between then ECB President Jean Claude Trichet and then Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, which I sought from the ECB two years ago. The refusal yet again emphasises the culture… Read More »

An Garda Siochana, transparency and access to information

An Garda Siochana have been subject to some significant public scrutiny of late, in terms of how accountable and transparent the organisation is. This blog has long held the view that the force should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The current FOI bill before the Oireachtas contains provisions that will include the… Read More »

That GSOC UK 3G network

In a statement to the Dail last week Alan Shatter said: The third issue related to the security firm reporting the detection of an unexpected UK 3G network in the area in the locality of the GSOC offices which suggested that UK phones registered to that network making calls would be vulnerable to interception. Importantly,… Read More »

Commissioner rules on 1998 Cabinet level documents

Back in December the Information Commissioner issued a decision in my favour in relation to records pertaining to industrial grants from 1998. The full decision has been published, and it is the first decision of the Commissioner pertaining to Section 19 of the FOI Act – the part that relates to Cabinet documents, and their… Read More »

Glackin (Interim) Report

Thanks to the Oireachtas library becoming available recently, we now have full digital access to the fascinating Glackin (Interim) Report. While we have previously published the final Glackin report, in some ways the interim report is more interesting. This is mainly down to the detailed appendices. The report involves such luminaries as now billionaire Dermot… Read More »

The connection between fees and human rights

The CJEU has issued a very interesting judgment (Case C‑486/12) in the context of the Data Protection regime. A dispute arose when a Dutch public authority wished to charge €12.80 to a person for seeking information about themselves under the Dutch Data Protection law. The person in question refused to pay the fee and appealed… Read More »

For the record…

These are the most recent annual accounts for… Friends of the Coombe Limited Friends of St Patrick’s Hospital Limited Rehab National Lottery Limited 57243454 (PDF) 57243454 (Text) 56672837 (PDF) 56672837 (Text) 57275767 (2) (PDF) 57275767 (2) (Text)