To: The Information Commissioner17 October 2011APPLICATION FOR REVIEW OF REFUSAL BY RTÉ TO REFUSE A REQUEST MADE UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACTS 1997 AND 2003 (THE ACTS)RTÉ ref. : FOI 2011/051My client: Simon McGarrDear Commissioner,I act for Simon McGarr, the operator of a website which provides niche commentary and analysis of Irish news and events (tuppenceworth. ie).
Readers will know that I have been following the looking-glass world of Your Country, Your Call for some time. I've lots of posts with facts and figures about the company. But there was a report in the Irish Examiner by Colette Browne recently about the competition which prompted me to write about the aims of the competition as I perceived them.
The New 27 Bus RouteDear SirsI write further to my telephone conversation with Phelim of your office today. I write to complain regarding the dramatic drop in quality of service on the 27 route since Monday, when the new route and timetable was introduced. On Monday morning, I experienced a 20 minute wait at peak time for a bus to take me from Glin Rd towards city Centre.
I just saw this on Twitter and wanted to pin it up here. That page, I know, is the result of three years work and thousands upon thousands of words of written argument. The declaration has consequences for NAMA's transparency (good ones).
My appeal of the decision to turn down my FOI request for documents relating to RTE's offer to licence video to members of the National Newspapers of Ireland has now been decided. As you can see below, the original decision has been upheld by RTE's internal appeal process. It is now open to me to send a final appeal on to the Office of the Information Commissioner.
Throughout the Your Country, Your Call competition we were promised information would be made available later. When we asked who the donors were, were were told it would be released in a few weeks. When we asked for details of the competition’s finances, we were told that wouldn’t be released until after the results were announced.
As promised before I broke Tuppenceworth, here is a pdf of the letter from RTE refusing my FOI request for documents re their deal with the commercial members of the National Newspapers of Ireland to licence publicly-funded news footage to them, for free. And, obviously, they continue to refuse to allow the pubic who paid for its creation to use the footage on the same terms.
I've received a few replies via my solicitor to my previous letters requesting RTE make the news footage available to Tuppenceworth on the same terms as those it is proposing for the members of the National Newspapers of Ireland (ie, for free). One: 18th July 2011I wish to acknowledge receipt of your request and accompanying fee made under the FOI Act.