Thursday September 24, 2020

Politicians’ golden handshakes no longer subject to FOI

Campaigning journalist warns decision is part of a bigger move to erode transparency in government

19th July, 2020
TDs and senators who leave office receive both a termination payment and a monthly payment that is in proportion to their previous income for a period after exiting their role

The details of lump sum payments and pensions made to TDs and senators leaving office will no longer be made public, an internal review by the Oireachtas has decided.

The move comes after the Information Commissioner ruled in April that the public release of the pensions paid to former taoisigh, presidents and ministers would involve a “significant breach” of their privacy.

The Oireachtas review has now extended this interpretation to outgoing TDs and...

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