Gavin Sheridan and I started blogging within weeks of one another back in 2002. But if anyone is going to demonstrate the effectiveness of open source investigation in Ireland it is likely going to be him. Look at this Politics.ie thread for the effects of not only doing good investigative journalism, but unlike the mainstream setting the data free for others to pour over. An Ceann Comhairle O’Donoghue may have believed he’d sidestepped public anger by keeping his head down (the first line in his website re-iterates his belief in communication) and ploughing on, but the public release of his unredacted receipts may change that. Part two is to come later today… And believe me, there is a lot more to come, and not just regarding the eccentric expenses of An Duine Uasal O’Donoghue.
Update: Have reinstated John’s dropped ‘g’… it was the Kerry accent that had me confused… apologies all round..
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