“Who Took This Decision?”


From top: Public Expenditure and Reform, Secretary General Robert Watt; Reply to Ken Foxe

Last month, as he has done for years, Journalist Ken Foxe asked through Freedom of Information how much is being paid in lump sums, pensions, or termination pay to former TDs Senators, judges, etc.

He was rebuffed.

Leinster House said under new GDPR rules that the public interest in knowing how/where public money is spent does not outweigh the privacy rights of former public representatives.


This morning.

Via The Irish Examiner:

Internal emails released by the department show [Public Expenditure and Reform, Secretary General Robert Watt] expressing surprise at the decision and asking why nobody had asked him about it.

Mr Watt had been sent a media report about the case, and wrote: “Who took this decision? I was never consulted …”

In response, an official said:

“We sent note and detail to you on this at the time.” Mr Watt answered back saying: “I don’t understand why we should not release the information.”

An official responded: “The decision not to release the information was made on the basis that it is personal information but the aggregate data was released i.e. the total amounts paid in pensions to ministers.”

Top civil servant queried change to political pensions info rule (Irish Examiner)

Previously: Making Personal Payments From the Public Purse Private


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9 thoughts on ““Who Took This Decision?”

  1. Hector Rameriz

    So we get the name of Robert Watt and have the names of the former TDs Senators and Judges but we don’t get the name of the ‘official’ who I’m guessing is also a public servant?

      1. Hector Rameriz

        So I can take it the named person you linked to is the official?

        Or am I to put 2 and 2 together?

        1. Mick

          Well, she’s the Freedom of Information Officer for the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, so I’d say it’s a fair assumption to make that she’s the official. I would assume that she signed off on the decision, at the very least.

  2. broadbag

    please donate to Ken and RightToKnow if you can, few if any are asking the questions he’s asking or doing the spade work he’s doing.

  3. Jake38

    Ever since journalism ceased to be a paying job journalists have been obsessed with other people’s income.

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