NUJ attacks the Irish government’s measures on FOI fees

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) renewed its call for the complete abolition of Freedom of Information fees in Ireland.

At the union’s biennial delegate conference in Dublin today, the NUJ’s Irish secretary Seamus Dooley strongly criticised the measures announced yesterday by the government.nuj100

He argued the measures would undermine the amendments promised in the programme for government.

Seamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary said:

“A new cost regime will make FOI unaffordable. The NUJ has welcomed the extension of FOI but what is the point in extending the remit of the legislation whilst undermining the Act through prohibitive costs?

“Great credit is due to the Labour Party and to former Minister of State Eithne FitzGerald for pioneering the original Act but we urge the government to think again about the costs this will impose.

“Instead the Act has been further undermined by the announcement yesterday.”

Note: The Dáil will vote on these amendmnets within the next four days.