Draft conclusions from Right To Know complaint over systematic delays in access to information on the environment requests are published

Two years ago, Right to Know travelled to Geneva for a hearing with the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee on foot of a complaint we made in August 2016. This related to long systematic delays in dealing with requests made by us – and others – under the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) regulations. […]

Information Commissioner rules that release of pensions paid to former Ministers, Taoisigh, and Presidents would be “significant breach” of privacy

The Information Commissioner has decided that release of the individual details of pensions paid to former Ministers, Taoisigh, and Presidents would involve a “significant breach” of their privacy. The details had been published as a matter of routine by the Department of Finance for many years. However, they ceased this practice in 2016 believing it […]

Right To Know and Public.Resource.Org initiate legal action against the European Commission

Today, Right To Know – in collaboration with US access to information NGO Public.Resource.Org (“Public Resource”) – announced they have initiated legal action against the European Commission at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Right To Know and Public Resource are seeking from the European Commission access to descriptions of certain technical […]

A Renewed Mission: What’s next for Right To Know

  When TheStory.ie came into this world nearly ten years ago now, it began as an experimental blog run by journalists on a volunteer basis. It was an attempt to bring together investigative journalism, the right to freedom of information (FOI), and transparency advocacy, to see what would come out. Through the use of systematic […]

Why does the IDA want lower income taxes?

Earlier this year a newspaper report indicated that the IDA was lobbying against higher income taxes claiming that high income tax was making it difficult to attract foreign investment and was hitting job creation. In August last year we submitted an FOI request looking for the analysis to back up these claims and all records […]

Lobbying the Data Protection Commissioner

Should the Data Protection Commissioner be transparent about lobbying communications she receives? That is a question we are asking the Information Commissioner to answer in an application we filed last week for a review of a decision of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner to refuse to grant access to records relating to communications with […]