Monthly Archives: April 2013

Gamekeepers turned poachers

Here are some internal Dept of Finance documents on the move of a senior civil servant from the Department of Finance to Bank of Ireland. Michael Torpey, who was employed on a salary of €200,000-plus annually, was transferred to the NTMA for three months and told not to work in his area of expertise –… Read More »

NAMA stay judgment

This is the judgment given by Judge Colm Mac Eochaidh on Friday morning in relation to NAMA vs the Commissioner for Environmental Information. In it, he refused to grant NAMA a stay on his February 2013 judgment that NAMA was a public authority under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007. He made… Read More »

Observations on the NAMA AIE judicial review

The experience in court yesterday highlights the unfairness of the judicial review procedure in relation to High Court appeals by public authorities under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations. Gavin as the requester had no automatic right to be a notice party to the proceedings even though his right of access to information formed the… Read More »

The High Court, NAMA and a stay

This morning we attended the High Court after being invited by Judge Colm Mac Eochaidh to make a submission to the court in relation to NAMA seeking a stay on his judgment pending an appeal to the Supreme Court. This is the submission I read to the Court. Brian Murray SC, for NAMA, made a… Read More »

NAMA seeks stay pending Supreme Court appeal

Last week we received word that NAMA intends to seek a continuation of the stay on the judgment of the High Court in relation to National Asset Management Agency -v- Commissioner for Environmental Information [2013] IEHC 86 (that “and includes” means “and includes”), pending an appeal to the Supreme Court. The continuation of the stay… Read More »

FOI implementation review panel

Last month we were asked by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to participate in a review of the implementation of FOI (NOT related to the legislation, but rather to how the legislation is implemented). We agreed, in the view that being part of a process of review is better than not – and… Read More »