No restrictions on FOI

The First Minister is known to dislike “lazy journalists” doing their job through FOI. Martin Rosenbaum’s excellent FOI blog notes that the Government has decided not to curtail the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

  • Danny O’Connor

    A Northern Ireland based Information commissioner should be established to ensure that information is not needlessly witheld,e.g.I dont believe all the info re the giants causeway has been released.We want open and transparent government and therefore all information that is used in the making of decisions(even minded ones) should be open to public scrutiny.

  • Nevin

    Danny, in this snippet from the current Moyle edition of the Coleraine Chronicle, Louise Glass carries a statement from a spokesman for the Planning Service which doesn’t fully address SF McKay’s charge – in the same article – that a ‘high-ranking member’ of the Planning Service put a proposal to the council requesting that the existing centre and car park be demolished and that Council were asked to enter into a binding agreement not to build on this piece of land again.

    Minister Foster’s claims of utter rubbish re.pressure on Council to yield are worthy of some questions from the Environment Committee.

    I understand that David Ferguson, Chief Executive of the Planning Service, and Tom Clarke, the senior DOE official who allegedly accompanied Minister Foster to the Causeway on July 18 this year, attended this ‘private’ meeting. Neither McKay nor I were there and AFAIK FoI requests aren’t answered this quickly!!

    IIRC there was a suggestion some years ago that Moyle Council land at the Causeway could be vested – and presumably presented to a private developer.

  • Danny O’Connor

    Nevin
    There is loads more stuff about that needs to come out.Some people are guilty of disgraceful behaviour.I wont name them here to legally protect slugger .I am prepared to name them however.get in touch.

  • Danny O’Connor

    Nevin just read the link- it seems that doe officials are now message boys,the only thing that some people know about propiety is that it is in the dictionary -just after property developer.

  • Nevin

    Danny, it would be inappropriate to label these officials as message boys. I understand there’s been a reluctance by (some) Moyle councillors to meet the developer.

    I’ve sent you a copy of the Mystery of the Ballyallaght Triangle and some related material. (Click the images and the hyper links) Perhaps the planning process is rotten to the core.

  • Danny O’Connor

    Nevin
    I tried to send a message to you but it wont go through.there is absolutely no doubt in my mind of corrupt processes to say the least.

  • Nevin

    Danny, isn’t it time MEPs, MPs, MLAs and Councillors got some justice for Christine Alexander? Our public representatives sometimes may make mistakes, wittingly or unwittingly, but they may also need protection from the so called legal process.

  • Nevin

    Danny, you can contact me through the NALIL blog on #5.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Nevin

    Think you’ve maybe underestimated the no. of properties at Ballyallaght.

  • Nevin

    Put up a figure, BG, and I’ll check it out. Also any useful hyperlinks. Thanks.

  • Nevin

    FoI rolls on:

    Sweeney lawyers’ letter on crucial day

    Lawyers for developer Seymour Sweeney wrote to Environment Minister Arlene Foster on the day she announced her preliminary approval for his Giant’s Causeway visitor centre plans.

    The letter is dated September 10 and has been stamped by the minister’s Private Office as having been “received” on that date. ..

    It referred to case law, while contending that the minister has the authority to overrule advisers on developments – including those affecting World Heritage sites like the Causeway. ..

    A spokesperson for Mr Sweeney’s firm Seaport said the letter had been drafted some time earlier.

    “It was issued after we were notified by the minister’s office that an announcement was going to be made,” the spokesperson added.”

    According to the Grapevine, the developer seems to have known about this ‘minded’ decision about three months ago. Could it be related to three folks and a large bottle of (celebratory?) plonk seen entering The Nook around the same time?

  • Nevin

    It seems that some would like to limit this FoI: Norn Iron on Uncylopedia

    James McCarry, an independent republican candidate in Moyle District Council’s by-election next month, is furious.

    He said: “I want this site removed and I have been on to Moyle Council to help in getting it removed and they have said they will investigate it. This site is disgraceful.” Belfast Telegraph