Pearse Doherty calls on government to prevent NAMA wasting public money with FoI appeal
February 27, 2013
Sinn Fein finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty TD, has welcomed the news this morning that the Office of the Commissioner on Environmental Information (OCEI) has won its case against NAMA.
NAMA denied it came under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations. The case was taken by the OCEI as a result of an information request by Gavin Sheridan, who has been a leading light in the demand for transparency across this state. Doherty called on the government to prevent NAMA appealing the case and wasting more public money.
Pearse Doherty said:
"This case has seen a massive waste of public money, with NAMA taking on another arm of the state, the OECI, in an attempt to prevent a citizen receiving information to which he is legally entitled.
"The case had to be taken after Gavin Sheridan, a leading light in the demand for transparency, was denied information by NAMA that he requested under the Access to Information on Environmental Regulations. Mr Sheridan asserted that NAMA was a 'public authority' and subject to the regulations, a view that the High Court asserted today
"Sinn Fein has long sought a transparency on NAMA and IBRC and has published legislation over a year ago to bring NAMA within the Freedom of Information Act. This victory today is one for the public and it is one which should not be appealed by NAMA.
“This would be a further waste of public money and the government needs to ensure that the body immediately starts complying with the judgement."”