This is a list of items we wish to see implemented. It is not complete, and will be added to. We are inspired by projects such as Public Equals Online and wish to see such initiatives happen here.
1) Return the Freedom of Information Act to its position pre the 2003 amendments. Do not charge the public to access information we already pay to collect and store.
In the 2014 Act the Government removed the €15 upfront fee. Appeal fees were reduced, not eliminated.
2) Extend the Act to cover more institutions and organisations, especially An Garda Siochana.
Gardai are now subject to FOI, but only to a limited extent.
3) The placing of all expenses/expenditure online as soon as practically possible after the money is spent. This could be easily done given the IT system in use already. “The backend is the frontend.” This is not just politician expenses, but all expenses.
4) The digitisation of far more Government data than is currently available. This might include simple machine readable feeds. This helps with a thing called transparency.