Author Archives: Gavin Sheridan

FOI documents for Social Protection ‘cheats us all’ campaign

Below is the full FOI release in relation to Ken’s story in TheJournal. CONCERNS WERE RAISED in the Department of Social Protection over calling people “cheats” as part of the controversial advertising campaign on social welfare launched by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar while he was Minister for Social Protection. The ‘Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All’ campaign… Read More »

Robert Watt Oireachtas committee briefing documents

Below are copies of briefing notes prepared for Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Robert Watt ahead of his appearance at Committee on Budgetary Oversight in early April 2017. The documents contain summary information of Government expenditure.

Eight Garda audits

Some years ago we sought the following audit reports from An Garda Siochana: Audit report NBCI & Appendix Control Failures NBCI Expenditure Review 2013 Vehicle Maintenance Contract Audit Report Mayo & Appendix Control Failures Mayo Review Audit report Mayo Audit of Procurement Audit Regional Offices & Appendix Control Failures Audit Report FCPO Review of CCTV… Read More »

Judgment in MCENR vs Information Commissioner

Below is the judgment delivered today in MCENR vs Information Commissioner (with eNet and Gavin Sheridan as notice parties). Some time ago we sought the contract between the Department of Communications and eNet, in relation to the managing and promotion of the Metropolitan Area Networks built around the country. The department refused our request, so… Read More »

Clarion report on Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

For the record, here is the Clarion audit on QQI, as reported recently by the Sunday Times: A quango that regulates further and higher education qualifications has an organisational structure that is “not fit for purpose”, abnormal levels of conflict and distrust among staff, and a management team that is lacking in expertise, an audit… Read More »

Minister for Finance Diary 2016

Part of an ongoing process. This is the diary of Finance Minister Michael Noonan for the year 2016. We are also pleased to see the Department has started to routinely publish the Minister’s diary. This brings us to 19 full year of Ministerial diaries, the largest resource available. Previously: Minister for Finance diary 2015 Minister… Read More »

Taoiseach’s appointments diary 2016

Part of an ongoing process. This is the Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s appointments diary for 2016. In relation to the Taoiseach’s diary, items marked A, B, and C relate as follows: (i) Entries marked ‘A’ are being withheld as they relate to personal information as defined in Section 2 of the Act and are exempt under… Read More »

Commissioner orders An Garda Siochana to release more records

( To Know is a not-for-profit company that runs on public donations, please consider donating below) This time last year we sought certain records from An Garda Siochana. These included several audits that were carried out (we knew of audits because we had earlier sought the audit log). AGS refused to release most of the… Read More »

Michael Noonan’s diary Jan – Jun 2016

Part of an ongoing process. This is the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s diary for January to June 2016. Previously: Minister for Finance diary 2015 Minister for Finance diary 2014 Minister for Finance diary 2013 Minister for Finance diary 2012 Minister for Finance diary 2011 Minister for Finance diary 2010 Minister for Finance diary 2009… Read More »