From top: yesterday’s Irish Mail on Sunday; Former justice minister Frances Fitzgerald (left); Terry Prone
In the Irish Mail on Sunday and The Sunday Times.
Dublin Institute of Technology lecturer, journalist and FOI sleuth Ken Foxe reported on the cache of correspondence he received from the Department of Justice – between Terry Prone, of the Communications Clinic, and the former Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and/or her officials, during her time as minister.
Mr Foxe sought the correspondence between Ms Prone, who signed off as ‘Tess’ in correspondence, and Ms Fitzgerald between May 8, 2014 and March 11, 2017.
During this period of time, Ms Prone was also advising the then Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.
Mr Foxe had initially been told there were no such records.
After appealing the matter to the Office of the Information Commissioner, the OIC discovered there were 68 such records.
And then the Department of Justice informed Mr Foxe there were more than 190 such records.
In a thread last night, Mr Foxe tweeted…
Last Thursday, Ken Foxe was a special guest Broadsheet on the Telly and shared his knowledge of the Freedom of Information process in Ireland. Watch back here.
Previously: Francis, Nóirín and Tess