IDA asks High Court to block release of land deal documents

Agency seeks to overturn Information Commissioner’s ruling which it says endangers its credibility in the commercial property market

The Four Courts in Dublin, where the IDA is appealing the Information Commissioner’s ruling. The commissioner said the agency’s ‘blanket approach’ to redacting information under certain sections of FoI is ‘wholly inappropriate’. Picture: Fergal Phillips

IDA Ireland has gone to the High Court to block the release of documents related to a land deal it did in Drogheda in 2021, new court filings show.

The agency, which handles foreign direct investment into Ireland, claims that a ruling by the Information Commissioner in relation to details of the deal “sets a precedent that highly confidential and commercially sensitive information of this nature should be released” too soon after the negotiations have ...