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#Transparency

# transparency - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

Police officers disciplined following litany of mistakes in GAA club fire investigation

The Police Ombudsman said that the investigators failed to conduct basic investigative enquiries into the cause of the fire.

# transparency - Sunday 18 May, 2014

Noel Rock: I'm taking €0 expenses – here's why

Unvouched expenses would not be tolerated in the any other business, and taxpayers shouldn’t have to tolerate it either.

# transparency - Wednesday 14 May, 2014

Traveller and human rights groups to have their say on Garda oversight

The Oireachtas Justice Committee is holding a meeting on the issue today and had invited a number of groups to speak.

# transparency - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

Charities regulator takes shape, Shatter says it will 'improve accountability'

The need for the new authority has been repeatedly stressed in the wake of the controversies at the CRC and Rehab.

# transparency - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Taoiseach says three dozen allegations of garda wrongdoing have come across his desk

Enda Kenny said he has no idea if they are true or not.

# transparency - Friday 11 April, 2014

Here's how much the Obamas paid in tax last year (and how much they gave to charity)

The couple paid an effective income tax rate of 20.4 per cent.

# transparency - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Less than half of political parties accounting units have made their donation returns

The Commission plans to name and shame the political party accounting units that fail to submit their return on time.

# transparency - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Ex-firefighter running in locals wants whistleblower legislation for all public sector workers

John Kidd said he’ll be sticking up for middle income workers if he’s elected.

# transparency - Sunday 9 March, 2014

Here's why one company lets workers look up each other's salary

Like to know what the boss earns? Whole Foods reckons knowledge promotes competitiveness and productivity among employees.

# transparency - Friday 7 March, 2014

Ombudsman unhappy ECB won't give Brian Lenihan letter to journalist

Emily O’Reilly said that the ECB has “wasted an opportunity” to use transparency.

# transparency - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

'Good employers have nothing to fear from whistleblowers legislation'

Brendan Howlin says the Protected Disclosures Bill is about a ‘change in culture’.

# transparency - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Majority of CEOs think State-funded bodies aren't monitored enough

Two-thirds of those surveyed believe that organisations in receipt of State funding are not adequately monitored or held to account.

# transparency - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

How transparent is Irish Water?

The Fianna Fáil party makes a strong argument in its latest video offering on the controversy.

# transparency - Sunday 22 December, 2013

Political standards watchdog cannot fulfill duties because of appointments delay

SIPO is also in the middle of a disagreement with Minister Hogan about proposed accounting reforms for political parties.

# transparency - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Column: Ireland could learn a lot from Hong Kong

Unlike other small open economies, Ireland does not have a single agency dedicated to fighting corruption; our failure to hold people to account for manifest wrongdoing sends a clear message to citizens and international investors.

# transparency - Saturday 16 November, 2013

Aaron McKenna: Our government hides its actions by obstructing Freedom of Information

To hide public service deficiency and ensure that ‘accountability’ remains a word in the dictionary, senior public servants have been waging a long war on Freedom of Information, writes Aaron McKenna.

# transparency - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

"Experts aren't always right" - Taoiseach defends FOI bill

The initial fee of €15 is “relatively small”, the Taoiseach said.

# transparency - Sunday 10 November, 2013

Department's FOI amendments 'run entirely contrary to spirit' of bill

NUJ Secretary Seamus Dooley said that if the amendments are passed there is a danger FOI requests will “become unaffordable”.

# transparency - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Apple received 5 requests for account information from Ireland

The firm has released its transparency report, criticising the US gag order on how it reports law enforcement requests.

# transparency - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

'No further prosecution' in Fr Niall Molloy case

Minister Alan Shatter said an independent examination of the garda report on the case will now take place “in the interests of transparency”.

# transparency - Thursday 31 October, 2013

Howlin to announce new Open Data measures today

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform wants to speed up Ireland’s admission to a global partnership on Open Data.

# transparency - Monday 30 September, 2013

Tomorrow is Emily O'Reilly's first day as European Ombudsman

O’Reilly said today that she will focus on bridging the cap between citizens and EU institutions.

# transparency - Saturday 31 August, 2013

Cavemen, Cowen and Coca-Cola: The week in numbers

Plus: What percentage of people in Ireland smoke? And what’s the average weekly wage?

# transparency - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

The government asked Facebook for details of 40 users so far this year

In its first ever transparency report, Facebook said it received more than 25,000 requests from governments around the world about users’ information.

# transparency - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Waiting lists for individual consultants could soon be online

Health Minister Reilly has also announced plans for free GP care for children.

# transparency - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Column: The family home needs to be protected in a debt crisis

The banks are not looking at the long-term resolutions strategies for homeowners in debt; the only available strategies are limited to those that that suit bank recovery, writes Julie Sadlier.

# transparency - Wednesday 17 July, 2013

Cabinet papers from 2008 set to become available

Changes to Freedom of Information (FOI) rules mean government deliberations from five-years-ago will be available on request.

# transparency - Monday 1 July, 2013

The Dáil and Seanad sat for 1,699 hours and cost €105.5 million last year

The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission has published its annual report today with some interesting numbers on how the Dáil compares to other parliaments…

# transparency - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

Column: With public trust in the EU declining, we need to ensure people feel connected

A forward and outward looking European Union is what we need, writes Dominic Hannigan TD, who says national parliaments should have an enhanced role in shaping the future of the EU.

# transparency - Monday 17 June, 2013

Kenny and Obama to discuss EU presidency and bailout, but not Ireland's tax regime G8

Kenny and Obama to discuss EU presidency and bailout, but not Ireland's tax regime

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will arrive in Fermanagh later today, where he is expected to hold talks with the US president.

# transparency - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

New regulator 'will restore confidence in planning system'

The establishment of such a regulator was recommended in the Mahon Tribunal’s report.

# transparency - Friday 3 May, 2013

Column: Lobbying has become 'a dirty word'. We want to change that

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, explains the reasoning behind the government’s new plans to regulate lobbying and restore public faith in a vital activity.

# transparency - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rules

Proposals approved by ministers will enforce a legal “cooling-off” period for former office holders going into lobbying.

# transparency - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Noonan denies ECB instruction to refuse information about IBRC ECB

Noonan denies ECB instruction to refuse information about IBRC

The finance minister says the ECB has not told Ireland to refuse Freedom of Information requests about the IBRC wind-up.

# transparency - Thursday 7 February, 2013

Column: Secrecy has led to shameful practices in Ireland - whistle-blower law is needed now

If the economic downturn has taught us anything, it is the importance of exposing systemic wrong doing, writes Louise Bayliss.

# transparency - Friday 28 December, 2012

Column: It’s time to scrap the 30-year rule on State documents

Slashing the time these crucial records stay secret would help the cause for transparency, writes Labour TD Anne Ferris.

# transparency - Sunday 9 December, 2012

Column: The Frontline debacle shows we need an independent debates commission

TV debates are important – and proper independent oversight would help build trust in our elections, writes Michael Moynihan TD.

# transparency - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Reply: Our parliamentary process is open and accessible

Mark Mulqueen, Head of Communication in the Houses of the Oireachtas, writes.

# transparency - Friday 9 November, 2012

Taxpayers could find out what their money is spent on by next year

Legislation which would provide the taxpayer with a detailed statement of how much tax they paid and where it was spent by the government is being debated in the Dáil today.

# transparency - Saturday 27 October, 2012

Government launches performance measure website

How is Ireland doing? The Government has launched a pilot performance measurement website Ireland Stat to answer that question.