Author Archives: Ken Foxe

A datadump of all purchase orders worth more than €20,000 for the Dept of Justice in 2019 – including €131 million in payments for direct provision accommodation

This is a list of all purchase orders of more than €20,000 from the Department of Justice in 2019. A huge portion of the bill related to the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers in the direct provision system. The other expenditure – on IT, media services, transport etc – is all general spending by… Read More »

Data Protection Commissioner wanted to provide “guarantee of absolute confidentiality” to technology giants

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2014, the Data Protection Commissioner was only partially included as part of the new law. This means that only administrative records from the office can be sought under FOI and that all other records relating to investigations, including high-profile ones like those into Facebook and the Public Services Card,… Read More »

An airport VIP bill of €16,500, a near €20,000 luxury accommodation bill, and €200 for a harpist – full details of spending on Dáil 100 commemorations

MORE than €930,000 has been spent on commemorations and events for the one hundred year anniversary of the first sitting of Dáil Éireann this year. The expenditure included €16,500 on VIP services at Dublin Airport, almost €20,000 in accommodation at two of Dublin’s finest hotels, €200 for a harpist, and just over €10,000 for 5,000… Read More »

Government claimed ending citizenship rights for Irish-born children was needed because of fears over international terrorism

THE government claimed to be under pressure to curb citizenship rights for Irish-born children because of concerns over international terrorism, newly released Cabinet records have revealed. In 2004, the government held a referendum to end automatic citizenship rights to anyone born in Ireland, a decision that has grown increasingly controversial in recent months. Cabinet records… Read More »

Budget Submissions: doubling betting tax, leaving alcohol untouched, a possible reprieve for smokers, and closing an inheritance tax loophole

A selection of submissions for Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe ahead of Budget 2018: Among the most interesting parts: * The minister was told the “opportune time” had arrived to double betting tax amid ongoing pressure to increase tax on gambling. Mr Donohoe doubled the rate from one to two percent in this year’s budget and… Read More »

Department of Finance feared publishing even anonymous list of ministerial pensions amid concerns over data breach

THE Department of Finance was worried it couldn’t even publish an anonymised list of pensions for former ministers and officeholders because it would be too easy to identify them. Each year, the Department had printed a list of former taoisigh, ministers, presidents, along with other ex-officeholders and how much they received in their annual pension.… Read More »