Category Archives: Regulatory Agencies

Vincent Browne: Captured by the bankers

US banking expert Professor Bill Black recently gave evidence at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry where he pulled no punches. He effectively stated, correctly, that at the time, Ireland was a country without a financial regulator, governed by a bunch of … Continue reading

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Data Protection Commissioner: Citizens have no right to know the names of law breaking politicians

My question to the Data Protection Commissioner was very simple – do citizens have the right to know the names of politicians who are in breach of the Litter Pollution Act. The reply from the Data Commissioner is equally clear: … Continue reading

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Further questions for the Data Protection Commissioner regarding election poster fines

Dear… Thank you for responding to my query regarding the publication by local authorities of persons fined for not removing election posters. Unfortunately, your reply has not been very helpful. Your reply consists of two parts: Name and Shame Schemes … Continue reading

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Update: Secrecy still protecting law breaking politicians

Fingal County Council has responded to my second request (See first here) as to why the authority is keeping secret the names of candidates and political parties who have been fined for failing to remove election posters in the recent … Continue reading

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Secrecy still protecting law breaking politicians

Dublin local authorities have issued more than 90 fines to political candidates who failed to remove posters on time after the local and European elections last May (Irish Times). But once again it has been decided that the great unwashed … Continue reading

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Is the Iona Institute guilty of intellectually abusing schoolchildren?

Last April, religious militant and director of the Iona Institute David Quinn, delivered a lecture to fifth and sixth year students falsely informing them that the origin of the universe had nothing to do with science but was strictly a … Continue reading

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Leo Varadkar storms into the mid 1980s

Congratulations to Leo Varadkar. Riding on his trusty steed the young buck has stormed into the mid 1980s, looked around and immediately summed up the dire situation – I quote. The Department of Justice is not fit for purpose, it … Continue reading

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Senator Landy snubs Seanad inquiry

I was delighted that the Sunday Times reported on my continuing efforts to bring Labour senator Denis Landy to account over his refusal to act on bribery allegations he made in July of last year. Here’s the article in full. … Continue reading

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Information Ombudsman: Getting ever more bizarre

My complaint to the Information Ombudsman regarding the refusal of the Department of Justice to answer a question becomes ever more bizarre. I wrote recently about correspondence I received from the Ombudsman which effectively stated that the office had no … Continue reading

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Elaine Byrne and judge Nolan: Clueless regarding the reality of white-collar crime

What do corruption expert Elaine Byrne and the Anglo trial judge have in common? Both of them are utterly clueless about the reality of how things are done in our corrupt state. Byrne tells us that our poor white-collar crime … Continue reading

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