From top (left): Terry Prone, of the Communications Clinic; former Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald; former Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan; a response journalist Ken Foxe received from An Garda Siochana on foot of an FOI request
You may recall a previous post about the Communications Clinic and how it was hired by both An Garda Siochana and the Department of Justice in both 2015 and 2016.
An Garda Siochana paid the the firm €10,400 and €92,955 in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
The Department of Justice paid the Communications Clinic €756 and €24,221 in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
The post drew attention to the fact two separate attempts made earlier this year, by journalists Ali Bracken, of the Irish Daily Mail, and Ken Foxe – to obtain details of An Garda Siochana’s hiring of the Communications Clinic, under the Freedom of Information Act – were rejected.
Specifically, Mr Foxe sought “copies of any emails between the Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan and PR consultant Terry Prone or the Communications Clinic during the period in which those services were provided to AGS.”
An Garda Siocana refused Mr Foxe’s request on the basis that there were no emails that were subject to FOI (see docs above).
Further to this…
Last March, Mr Foxe also sent a similar FOI request to the Department of Justice for “copies of all correspondence – both written and electronic – between the Minister Frances Fitzgerald and/or her private office and any of the following people or companies: Terry Prone and/or the Communications Clinic. “
Mr Foxe’s request was eventually refused on the basis that there were no records.
He then appealed this decision.
Mr Foxe tweeted what he wrote in his appeal and the response he got from the Department of Justice…
Via Ken Foxe
Previously: Noirin’s Prone Position