War of the words

War of the words
Gavin Sheridan: 'If we really want a reformed Ireland, we must make a decision: secrecy or transparency?' Photo: Maura Hickey

Ireland's Freedom of Information Act was meant to make the government more accountable, but it is not keen to let people know how things are run, writes Gavin Sheridan.

"Freedom will be bereft of all effectiveness if the people have no access to information," wrote Abid Hussain, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, in 1995.

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