Importance of leaving paper trails

A legal duty to document meetings, with sanctions for failing to do so, would put an end to ‘off the record’ government

For months now, I and several of my fellow opposition TDs have been asking important questions about the National Broadband Plan (NBP).

What we’ve learned has made me concerned about the interactions between business and politics.

This has since been confirmed by revelations of private dinners between ministers and bidders, access for bidders to the corridors of power, and meetings between ministers and business people with no civil servants present and no minutes ...