Tuesday 16 January 2018

Shane Ross: Mandarins maintain veil of secrecy

An investigation like that of the Sunday Independent into the Fas scandal would be less likely to succeed today, writes Shane Ross

Shane Ross

DO you detect the hidden hand of the mandarins in the current Freedom of Information shenanigans?

Mandarins love secrecy. Freedom of Information is a dagger in their hearts, a citizens' disease seen by them as promoted by populist politicians.

Minister Brendan Howlin's shock decision – just 10 days ago – to hike fees for FoI requests was probably mandarin-led. It was a deliberate attempt to block media investigations into government decisions and mandarins' activities.

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