Part of an FOI response from the Department of Public Expenditure concerning details of 2014 Budget discussions. The Information Commissioner said secrecy prevails in some areas of the public sector.

The Information Commissioner has criticised “bastions of secrecy” within parts of the public sector who continue to refuse access to information which(...)


Alan Shatter: had 

a strained relationship with the judiciary

The Government has introduced new procedures aimed at speeding up the processing of 3,800 asylum seekers ’ cases. Regulations came into force today th(...)

Mr Justice Colm MacEochaidh quashed refusal due to errors in how tribunal member decided he did not believe applicant. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A man who claimed he fled his native Iran fearing he would be persecuted over his gay sexual orientation and after being raped by a police officer’s s(...)

An employee distributes newspapers, with a photograph of US former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden seen on a page, at an underground walkway in central Moscow yesterday.  The headline reads: “Snowden will be nominated for Nobel”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

In Ireland, a refugee is someone who has left their home country because of a “well-founded fear” of being persecuted and is unwilling to return to it(...)