It’s about the public’s right to know

It’s about the public’s right to know

The story of a 2,000-day fight for transparency and accountability which finally ended last week with a victory in the Supreme Court

It was January 2010. Having recently begun experimenting with using the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), and starting a blog – – to write about things like FOI, data journalism and data visualisation, I was interested in learning more about the right of access to information generally.

Nama and Anglo were also in the news. The recently established Nama had, much to my chagrin, been deliberately left outside the scope of FOI, for what I believed...

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