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Comment #571421 by Rory Conway

Rory Conway Aug 26th 2012, 11:34 AM #

Can’t understand why the Minister is not the Boss in his own Department . Why ? He ought to be able to order the letter to be released.

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Will Noonan publish the ECB letter that forced Ireland into a bailout?

Will Noonan publish the ECB letter that forced Ireland into a bailout?

Fianna Fáil has called on Michael Noonan to publish Jean-Claude Trichet’s letter himself, after the minister said it should be released.

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    Favourite Jay McMahon
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    Aug 26th 2012, 11:48 AM

    I guess the reason for the FoI part of the department to be independent is to stop new ministers using certain material as political blackmail against his predecessor … I agree though that this letter should be released

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    Favourite Ryan Allen
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    Aug 26th 2012, 12:50 PM

    Because if the FOI section wasn’t legally independent, then a Minister who so wished could order that information they didn’t want made public not to be released. In this case obviously that may be a bad thing, but the principle is definitely a good one.

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