Information access group looks for citizens’ support

A new not-for-profit organisation that aims to vindicate the rights of citizens to access information has been formed, and is looking for members to support its goals.

Information access group looks for citizens’ support

Right To Know has been established by former Irish Examiner and Storyful journalist Gavin Sheridan and Malachy Browne, managing editor of online news agency Reported.ly.

Its founders say the objective of the organisation is to be “both a media outlet and a transparency organisation”.

Right to Know evolved from a website co-founded by Mr Sheridan. TheStory.ie operated as a medium through which documents obtained via freedom of information and other legislation were published, and it was involved in a number of notable cases since it was founded in 2009.

In November 2014, a letter dated November 19, 2010, between the then president of the European Central Bank, Claude Trichet, to the then finance minister, Brian Lenihan, in the lead-up to the Irish entry into the 2010 bailout was released following three years of requests and appeals by Mr Sheridan and lawyer Fred Logue, who worked on the case pro bono.

Now Mr Sheridan says TheStory.ie, which has operated via donations from the public, has evolved beyond its origins.

“A website like this, run entirely on good will by volunteers in their spare time, can only last so long,” Mr Sheridan said in a post announcing the establishment of Right to Know.

“We have therefore decided that rather than shut it down and get on with our lives — we will try and move the needle even further.”

The organisation is now seeking members to pay an annual fee to fund its work.

“Clearly, the more members we have the more ambitious we can be — but our objective is to build a self-sustaining organisation, without ads, without paywalls, funded entirely by its supporters,” Mr Sheridan wrote.

“And the mission? To act as a watchdog, an advocate, an investigator, a trainer, and a partner to other NGOs and the media.”

Details of the new Right To Know organisation can be found on righttoknow.ie, where all its expenditure will be also be published.

More in this section

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day.

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day.