The right to know: examining 15 years of the Freedom of Information Act in Ireland on February 11, 2013

full name / name of organization: 
Tom Felle / University of Limerick
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Proposals are invited for relevant presentations on issues including:

• Original research on the operation and/or impact of the Freedom of Information Act in Ireland
• Original research into policing and FOI in comparable jurisdictions
• Comparative political or legal analyses of FOI, open government and 'sunshine' legislation
• Transparency and openness in government
• The impact of FOI and open government legislation on politics, public policy and public affairs
• Theoretical papers dealing with open government and/or 'sunshine' laws;
• FOI as a civil and human right
• Media, journalism and FOI
• Historical perspectives on "cagey and secretive" (Farrell, 1993) Ireland in context

Other papers dealing with topics relevant to the conference title may also be accepted. Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by Friday, October 26, 2012. Presenters chosen may also be invited to submit a paper for inclusion in a subsequent edited book.

It is expected that the conference will be addressed by industry, professional and academic speakers, and parallel sessions may take place. Papers are welcome from research students and a small number of attendance bursaries will be available.

Detailed conference information, as well as guidelines for presentations and papers, is available at: The site will be updated regularly.