Thursday 19 October 2017

Secret's out: NAMA hiring again

The Punt had a good chuckle at an advertisement from NAMA this week looking to hire "Freedom of Information (FoI) managers" – yes, plural.

Frank Daly and Brendan McDonagh had fought tooth and nail to keep the agency outside the normal FoI obligation, happily citing commercial sensitivities. But NAMA has now bowed to the inevitable.

It is good news for whoever gets the jobs, they'll certainly be busy. There'll be a big sigh of relief too over at Sinn Fein HQ. It has kept up a steady barrage of FoI requests fired into Anglo Irish Bank over the past three years, and with the bank now in its death throes The Punt expects the Shinners to shift their infatuation over to the gang on Grand Canal Street.

They'll have to get in the queue. The boys and girls of the meeja are chomping at the bit for yarns from an agency that has been a black hole for juicy information.

NAMA says successful candidates will be expected to have at least four years' experience dealing with FoI requests and have a "strong understanding of the legislation and case law". Indeed.

We've already got our first NAMA FoI request back and [redacted] and there will [redacted redacted redacted]. For [redacted] and others, it could be [redacted redacted] Mr [redacted] until [redacted] billion.

Irish Independent

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