Thursday 21 September 2017

We have a right to information, it is not a luxury

The FOI fee regime imposes a huge administrative and cost burden on all involved, writes Gavin Sheridan

Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin said yesterday the Government wasn't ready for a giveaway budget
Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin said yesterday the Government wasn't ready for a giveaway budget

Gavin Sheridan

'We will legislate to restore the Freedom of Information Act to what it was before it was undermined by the outgoing Government," proclaimed the Coalition's Programme for Government, after it came to power on a platform of reform in 2011.

Of all the promises the Government has broken, this stands out as one of the most egregious.

The simple truth is this: access to information will continue to be restricted as much as it was under the Fianna Fail regime that filleted the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in the first place.

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