Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act

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Edited by Maura Adshead and Tom Felle

Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9655-0
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: November 2015
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom, Society & social sciences / Freedom of information & freedom of speech, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Sociology, Sociology, Political control & freedoms, Human rights, civil rights, Freedom of information law, Central / national / federal government policies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General


The introduction of FOI in Ireland was a watershed moment in Irish democracy. It gave citizens a right to know, and abolished eighty years of official secrecy that had existed since the foundation of the State. As the new 2014 FOI Act is extended to the gardaí and the Central Bank for the first time, this book critically examines the important contribution the legislation has made to the opening up of Irish democracy and society.

The book includes important contributions from the Ombudsman and Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall, former minister Eithne FitzGerald and RTE journalist Richard Dowling. It will be a core text for students of politics and public administration, journalism, media and communications and law; and will be an important reference for policy makers and civil and public servants.

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