Democracy will suffer
Madam – Credit is due in full measure to the Sunday Independent for publishing Gavin Sheridan's critique of Minister Howlin's FOI Bill, (Sunday Independent, April 20, 2014).
One would think that a riposte from the minister or one of his many permanent or hired advisers will be forthcoming to deal with Mr Sheridan's damning points, as the bill is scheduled to be voted into law by our elected legislators in both Houses of the Oireachtas over the coming weeks. One however, may not want to hold one's breath.
When the issue of escalating charges for eliciting pertinent public information is fused with the proposed abolition of Section 16 of the current law, FOI Act 1997, we are looking at the effective closing down of freedom of information in Ireland.