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# Information Commissioner

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St Vincent's Hospital ordered to release former 'Catholic ethos' code of ethics
The code of ethics, dating from 2011, forbid various contraceptive measures and other forms of healthcare.
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'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation
The latest controversy has raised concerns among journalists and transparency activists.
Latest episode in controversy has seen concerns raised by journalists, transparency activists and opposition TDs, Stephen McDermott writes.
Simon Coveney set to appear before Oireachtas committee this morning, following admission last week that he deleted text messages.
Department of Foreign Affairs published 111 records relating to proposed Zappone appointment yesterday on foot of numerous FOI requests.
Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March
Explainer: Why are people still talking about the Zappone/Coveney/Varadkar controversy?
Information Commissioner calls for incoming government to 'improve' Freedom of Information Act
Peter Tyndall was commenting as he published his officer’s annual report for 2019.
The public will no longer get to know how much former Taoisigh and ex-ministers are paid
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty has said that it’s important for transparency on the issue and added: “At the end of the day, it’s public money.”
'An issue of systemic importance': Supreme Court FOI ruling will alter public's relationship with State
When the Supreme Court decides on the future of FOI in Ireland, it will be the end of a glacial process.
'Not in the public interest': Supreme Court hears FOI law could 'scare' firms from working with State in future
The claim was made during appeal against two rulings last year brought by the Information Commissioner.
'I don't have to tell you': Public bodies may no longer have to justify FOI refusals, Supreme Court hears
An appeal against two rulings last year has been brought by the Information Commissioner.
'The Freedom of Information Act is dead': High Court rules against Information Commissioner in UCC finding
The ruling is believed to have huge implications for the application of the Act.
Dozens of 'non-existent' emails between former Minister for Justice and PR firm discovered
Communications to and from Terry Prone’s PR company were discovered following an FOI request by transparency group Right to Know.
Ever wanted to ask the Gardaí something about their records? Now you can
A new law extends Freedom of Information requests to cover limited areas of an Garda Síochána and other organisations. They don’t have to answer you though…
Government acknowledges section of new FOI bill 'may cause difficulties'
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will consider if section 17 of the new FOI bill needs to be altered in the wake of correspondence from the Information Commissioner.
Want to be the next Ombudsman? Search to replace Emily O'Reilly begins
With O’Reilly taking up her new role as European Ombudsman in the autumn, the government is now considering who to replace her and seeking expressions of interest.
Pivotal ruling may subject Nama to information requests
The highly secretive National Assets Management Agency may be laid open to information inquiries following a landmark ruling by the Information Commissioner – which could also potentially impact companies like Anglo Irish Bank.
Information Commissioner wants FOI legislation extended
Emily O’Reilly has said the general public should be able to place Freedom of Information requests with public bodies like the gardaí, Central Bank and NAMA.