Rossa McMahon made a request under FOI for documents from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation regarding the Your Country, Your Call competition. Mostly, it was refused. So, being a curious sort, he appealed.
UPDATE: Well, that took less time to answer then I expected. The next five days are going to see a lot of things happening all at once. One of those things will be the making and breaking of news organisations' (and individual journalists') professional reputations.
[caption id="attachment_979" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Allan Cavanagh's Irish Coffee of Wonder"][/caption] Things learned this week about the nation of Ireland; Ireland is dedicated to introducing the burning white heat of technology to every step of the tourist experience.
I have received a reply from the Standards In Public Office Commission regarding my request for an investigation of An Smaoineamh Mór Limited, the company running the Your Country, Your Call competition and lobby group. You can read the text of it below.
From the Irish Times today: A slimmed-down civil service, a new cabinet minister for public sector reform and the abolition of the HSE “in its current form” are among a number of measures Fine Gael is proposing as part of a radical overhaul of the public service.
Dermot Ahern recently opened an extension of the Ballymun CCTV system. The report on it from the Irish Times saysMINISTER FOR Justice Dermot Ahern has said a Garda CCTV system in Ballymun, north Dublin, will help reduce and solve crime rather than push illegal activity into areas not covered by the new cameras.
A few weeks ago, prompted by this article in the Irish Times on the announcement of the final 5 candidates for the €200,000 Your Country, Your Call cash bonanza, I emailed the Press Office the following question; Thank you for the confirmation that there has been no change in the situation regarding the payment of monies since the press reports of last week.
I received a letter from SIPO today telling me that they were continuing with their examination of my request for an investigation. I made reply as follows. I write to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 1st September 2010.
This request for investigation, with accompanying documentation, will arrive with the Standards in Public Office Commission tomorrow or the next day. RequestAn Smaoineamh Mór Limited is a company having its registered office at Arthur Cox Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 (Company Record Number 478844). It was registered on the 16th December 2009 with the CRO.