Tag Archives: FOI

International NGOs call on Ireland to #abolishFOIfees

Access Info Europe and the Centre For Law and Democracy have called on the Irish government to abolish FOI fees entirely. In an open letter written to Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin, Helen Darbishire from Access Info and Toby Mendel from the Centre for Law and Demcoracy wrote: Various arguments have been put… Read More »

Tweets of the week on FOI

I’ve collected some of the best tweets from last week here: Any more suggestions let me know [View the story “FOI in Ireland” on Storify]

Latest Government spin released – a country analysis

As we expected, the Government has reacted to today’s media coverage of FOI and gone on the offensive. Yesterday included an embarrassing incident between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and internationally recognised experts on the rights to freedom of expression and access to information, ARTICLE 19. Morning Ireland discussed it this morning (listen… Read More »

Did the government promise to abolish upfront fees for FOI? Yes it did!

Did the government promise to abolish upfront fees for FOI? This is an important question but one that seems to have generated confusion. For example: @colettebrowne @fplogue @gavinsblog 2011 manifesto never said charges would be abolished.Said FOI wld be extended — Aoife (@msaoife) November 13, 2013   If the government did promise to abolish upfront… Read More »

It's Not the Money, It's the Principle

We’d like to welcome Rodney Breen with a guest post for TheStory.ie: In all the kerfuffle about the watering down of FOI, not many people have asked the simple but obvious question: why? Actually, I think we all suspect we know why: the government doesn’t want people asking so many questions. But could there be… Read More »

National and International NGOs oppose FOI fees

In a series of statements, multiple NGOs today outlined their opposition both to the new fee components of the FOI Bill 2013, and the entire idea of upfront FOI fees. Access Info Europe One of the top access to information NGOs in Europe, Access Info Europe said that charging any upfront fee was the opposite… Read More »

Minister Howlin's crazy briefing note on fees

As part of an FOI request where we sought all briefing papers used by Minister Howlin and his staff at an Oireachtas Finance committee meeting earlier this year, we obtained this briefing note prepared for the Minister. The note outlines the convoluted logic behind the Department’s thinking on FOI fees. Despite all evidence to the… Read More »

Why amendment to charge for multi-part FOI requests was not last minute

One of the most significant last-minute amendments to the FOI Bill 2013 is charging multiple times for what are known as multi-part or “multifaceted” requests. What is a multi-faceted request? This blog has used multifaceted requests in order to maximise the amount of information that can be obtained for the unjustifiable €15 charge. We have… Read More »