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It's Good to Know ... how to access information

Dublin, 28 September 2010 - Transparency International Ireland is celebrating International Right to Know Day with a public workshop on access to information in Ireland. 

Date Tuesday, Sept 28 2010
Time 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Attendance Free and open to the public, Priority booking for supporters and members
Venue Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.


  • Gavin Sheridan (Journalist and Blogger -
  • Dr. Eoin O’Dell (Senior Lecturer in Law - Trinity College Dublin)
  • Sean Garvey (Senior Investigator - Office of the Information Commissioner)
  • John Devitt (Chief Executive - Transparency International Ireland)

Freedom of Information (FOI) laws allow for the people’s democratic ‘right to know’ what is being done by government in their name. FOI can also be seen as “keeping government honest and discouraging corruption.”

Our workshop contributors will offer their practical insights and experiences on:

  • Why does Freedom of Information (FOI) matter?
  • What information can and can’t be requested?
  • What agencies are subject to FOI laws? And which are not?
  • How does one go about submitting an FOI request?
  • How does our FOI system compare internationally?
  • What is the role of information in holding government to account and stopping wrong-doing?

“It’s Good to Know …” series of public workshops

This event is part of a series of TI Ireland events called ‘It’s Good to Know’. It is the first in a series of public workshops offering no-nonsense advice and information on how government works and how people can make a difference in making Irish society and government more open and accountable.