Sunday 18 November 2018

How freedom of information has become a farce

THE revelations in this newspaper last weekend about the excessive spending in Fas represented a notable victory for the Freedom of Information act. However, such successes are increasingly rare because by changing the law, this Fianna Fail/Progressive Democrat-led Government has managed to make it so difficult to obtain information as to render the act largely defunct. In truth, Freedom of Information in Ireland is a farce.

The information uncovered by the painstaking efforts of Shane Ross and Nick Webb is a tangible example of why FoI is so important.

Established by John Bruton's Rainbow government in 1997, the FoI act sought to "replace a culture of secrecy within the public service with a culture of openness".

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