By Gavin Sheridan
The lead Department for FOI in Ireland, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has issued a press statement outlining its position on the late-stage amendments to the FOI Bill. Unfortunately we don’t get an explanation of why many additions came so late in the process. Indeed, we don’t get much of anything besides some bullet points.
But one bullet point in particular on the fees issue struck us as a bit nonsensical. The Department said:
– FOI fees are an accepted feature of FOI legislation in several OECD countries -international best practice standards acknowledge the principle that countries can choose to levy a contribution towards the cost of providing FOI.
Really? That’s the first we’ve heard of it. Maybe the Department is talking about the concept of fees generally, and not the concept of upfront FOI fees that Ireland specialises in? Some countries do charge for the process of searching for and retrieving information. But only Ireland, Canada and Israel charge upfront for requests.
But citing “OECD members” struck us as odd too. According to the Department’s own website the OECD recommended that Ireland abolish upfront FOI fees in a 2008 Public Management Review. The report says:
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By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh
I seem to remember that Labor promised “to restore the Freedom of Information Act so that it is as comprehensive as was originally intended. The fee structure for Freedom of Information requests will be reformed so that cost does not discourage individuals and organizations from seeking information, and the remit of the Freedom of Information and the Ombudsman Acts will be extended to the Garda Síochána,the Central Bank and other bodies significantly funded from the public purse, that are currently excluded.”
This is just another bunch of Lying Gombeen men and woman out to fill their own pockets, clock up their pension entitlements and live out their old age in pomp and leisure off the backs of the people of Ireland!
We have no democracy in Ireland we have been sold out by these puppets and traitors; we are all now debt slaves and we will have no chance of breaking free from this twiddle dumb and twiddle dee dictatorship as long as we support the gangster’s masceraiding in the Dail as our representatives. In a true democracy there is no need for “career politicians”. The current system has created an elite political class that has robbed our nation of its independence, its natural wealth and destroyed our economy with the end result of forcing the ordinary people into financial slavery while the culprits enjoy lottery pensions and big job offers in Europe as payoffs. No wonder the Freedom of Information Act is dead in the water!
- Killing Freedom of Information in Ireland (oneworldchronicle.com)