Monthly Archives: September 2009

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 »

Help us with The Big Dig

Update: We’ve removed date of births after a question about data protection. We don’t think we’d have a problem with it but we’re being conservtive, it’s too early to ask for readers to donate to our litigation battles! We had most of the info already and kept a copy, just removed it from the public… Read More »

Brian Lenihan’s diary

Following an FOI request, the Department of Finance has released Brian Lenihan’s diary appointments, September 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009. I have uploaded it. It relates to the period of the bank guarantee, Anglo nationalisation and NAMA planning. Finance Minister Brian Lenihan’s diary appointments, September 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009: 19951170-Brian-Lenihan-S-Diary-Sep-08-to-Mar-09 (PDF) 19951170-Brian-Lenihan-S-Diary-Sep-08-to-Mar-09… Read More »

Morris Tribunal website FOI

I have blogged previously about my request for information concerning the Morris Tribunal website, and its disappearance earlier this year. I noticed that since my FOI was submitted, the Morris Tribunal website had reappeared. It seems this was as a result of my request. To recap: I submitted the following request Request for access to… Read More »