Tag Archives: FOI

Latest Government spin released – a country analysis

As we expected, the Government has reacted to today’s media coverage of FOI and gone on the offensive. Yesterday included an embarrassing incident between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and internationally recognised experts on the rights to freedom of expression and access to information, ARTICLE 19. Morning Ireland discussed it this morning (listen… Read More »

It's Not the Money, It's the Principle

We’d like to welcome Rodney Breen with a guest post for TheStory.ie: In all the kerfuffle about the watering down of FOI, not many people have asked the simple but obvious question: why? Actually, I think we all suspect we know why: the government doesn’t want people asking so many questions. But could there be… Read More »

Minister Howlin's crazy briefing note on fees

As part of an FOI request where we sought all briefing papers used by Minister Howlin and his staff at an Oireachtas Finance committee meeting earlier this year, we obtained this briefing note prepared for the Minister. The note outlines the convoluted logic behind the Department’s thinking on FOI fees. Despite all evidence to the… Read More »