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High Court rejects NAMA effort to escape Freedom of Info rules


He3

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From irishexaminer.ie, h/t Kitty O'Shea on another P.ie thread.

'The High Court has today dismissed an appeal by the National Assets Management Agency against a ruling by the Commissioner for Environmental Information it is a public authority and therefore subject to freedom of information requests.

The Commissioner, Emily O'Reilly, ruled in September 2011 NAMA should be subject to information requests under environmental freedom of information on the basis of her finding it is a public authority within the meaning of provisions of the 2007 European (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations.

NAMA appealed that decision to the High Court, and had argued claimed the Commissioner's decision was wrong and argued its establishment under statute does not mean it is a public authority.

In his judgement today, Mr Justice Colm Mac Eochaidh upheld the commissioner's decision, and said he agreed with her ruling that NAMA constituted a public authority.'

Cat, pigeons.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/nama-loses-appeal-over-requests-for-environmental-information-586325.html

The judgment is available here - http://thestory.ie/
 

Maothail Lad

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Interesting development, how many documents will be missing,edited or unaccounted for when the press and opposition go looking for them
 

He3

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Interesting development, how many documents will be missing,edited or unaccounted for when the press and opposition go looking for them
NAMA will embrace openness and transparency fully and unreservedly in the spirit of the legislation and conscious of their public duty.
 

Maothail Lad

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NAMA will embrace openness and transparency fully and unreservedly in the spirit of the legislation and conscious of their public duty.
Because we have such a good history with openess and transparency
 

Kitty O'Shea

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NAMA will embrace openness and transparency fully and unreservedly in the spirit of the legislation and conscious of their public duty.
Ha, just wait till they decide to appeal to the Supreme court.
Especially when they have fought to hard to not be classed as a public body. Story.ie has the judgement.
Imagine going to court over the definition of "and includes".
 

Captain Willard

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Good Man, Gavin!
 

WTFcitizen

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NAMA will embrace openness and transparency fully and unreservedly in the spirit of the legislation and conscious of their public duty.
You allready work for the biggest agency in the state , Do you really need to be on here
 

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The notion of a taxpayer funded body like NAMA going to court to try to find a way not to allow the public access to its documentation is an interesting one but typical of the offended exceptionalism displayed by those in publicly funded bodies in the state.

Was the CIE report into the fake invoicing and disappearing stock ever published?
 

Ribeye

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When the details come out in 3032 during the NAMA Tribunal our children are going to look at us and shake their heads in disgust!
 

RichardDeClare

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In unrelated moves, the Government has announced an increase of 500% to the charge for all FOI requests from midnight yesterday
 

ManUnited

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Anybody following this story know what type of thing Gavin Sheridan was looking for?
I can't quite figure out why NAMA would have any environmental issues it would want to keep secret.
 

zakalwe1

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Anybody following this story know what type of thing Gavin Sheridan was looking for?
I can't quite figure out why NAMA would have any environmental issues it would want to keep secret.
good question...i thought it was a test case to try and get some part of nama under the FOI act (if even for environmental purposes) but i suppose a full environmental impact report on all nama properties might shed some light in some dark places.
 

EUrJokingMeRight

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It's like asking a burglar to produce evidence of illegal entry so that he can be charged with same. Any sensitive documents will be destroyed, oops I meant 'lost', by NAMA before they release them. circle the wagons, protect those inside etc, etc. :rolleyes:

I lve this country and it's upstanding and honest officials.

A shining example to would be mugabes!
 

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Sounds like we're going to cost ourselves a lot of money again.
Well done chaps.
 
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