The report confirms that Ireland is one of the most secretive countries in the Western world.
A comparative study was made of all the advanced industrial countries in the OECD and, not surprisingly, Ireland is at the bottom.
Some examples: Information on government decisions in Holland is available within six weeks. In the Czech Republic 30 days and in South Korea, ten days.
Ireland, according to Mr. O’Connor is in a category of its own (isnt it always?).
Citizens could be waiting up to ten years before papers are released on government decisions.
This policy is, in effect, a total blackout on information because after ten years the decisions taken are merely historical and the damage caused by bad or corrupt decisions will have been done.