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Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act: FOI@15

Maura Adshead and Tom Felle


Freedom of information (FOI) is important because it aims to makes government open, transparent and accountable. FOI legislation is based on the premise that people have the right of access to public documents, save for certain exemptions. The philosophy behind such legislation is that citizens have a ‘right to know’ how and why decisions are made by government in their name. In that context it could be argued that FOI legislation also has the potential to lead to more accountable government, less corruption and better democratic outcomes for states. This book traces Ireland’s experience of FO ... More

Keywords: Freedom of Information, FOI Act 1997, Government accountability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719097188
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719097188.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maura Adshead, editor
University of Limerick

Tom Felle, editor

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