Freedom of Information Act should cover Gardaí, Central Bank, Nama: Commissioner

Freedom of Information Act should cover Gardaí, Central Bank, Nama: Commissioner
Information Commissioner Emily O'Reilly

The Information Commissioner has recommended that An Garda Siochána, the Central Bank and Nama, among other public bodies, be covered by the Freedom of Information Act.

At the launch of the Commission's report, Emily O'Reilly urged the Government to follow through with its commitment to reform the Freedom of Information Act.

She said the exclusion of financial bodies from the scope of the Act was denying the public its right to get to the truth about what went wrong in the economy.

The number of FOI requests has gone up steadily since the beginning of the recession. There was a dramatic increase in requests to the Department of Social Protection, with 859 in 2010, up 54% on 2009.

Information Commissioner Emily O'Reilly has strongly criticised the removal of certain public bodies from the remit of the FOI without previous consultation.

Last year, the Medical Bureau for Road Safety was removed from the scope of the Act without notifying the Information Commissioner.

More in this Section

Paschal Donohoe 'honoured' to be elected as President of Eurogroup of Finance MinistersPaschal Donohoe 'honoured' to be elected as President of Eurogroup of Finance Ministers

Former clerical officer from Kerry jailed over child abuse imagesFormer clerical officer from Kerry jailed over child abuse images

'None of us are immune': Vast majority of new Covid cases are people under 25, officials say'None of us are immune': Vast majority of new Covid cases are people under 25, officials say

Man given bail allegedly caught later same night in Cork with cannabis worth €23k, court hearsMan given bail allegedly caught later same night in Cork with cannabis worth €23k, court hears


Lifestyle

Is there a natural treatment I could use instead of steroids and antibiotic drops for dry eye?Natural health: I suffer from chronic dry eye

Denise O’Donoghue checks in with several expats affected by the cancellation of shows in BritainIrish actors on the crisis the West End theatre industry faces

This month marks four decades since the release of the classic record that would also be Ian Curtis’s final album with Joy Division. Ed Power chats to a number of Cork music fans about what it meant to themJoy Division: Forty years on from Closer

Last week, I shared my lockdown experience. I asked for a more uniform approach, should there be another lockdown. I explained that I worked mornings. Maybe I should have been more specific: working 8am to 1pm without a break, I gave feedback and covered the curriculum, using our school’s online platform. In the afternoons, I looked after my three kids (all under ten) while my husband worked. It was a challenging time for everyone and the uncertainty around what I should have been doing as a teacher made it harder.Diary of an Irish teacher: I want to get back to work. But I would like to do it safely

More From The Irish Examiner