Below you can read the full agenda for Public Affairs Ireland’s Annual Freedom of Information Conference 2017.


For more information about the conference, and the confirmed speakers, click here.


9.00Opening Remarks – Conference Chairperson Garrett Fennell, Director, Public Affairs Ireland
9.05Keynote Address: Freedom of Information – a key enabler of Political Reform in IrelandMr Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform
9.30Freedom of Information – identifying best practice and highlighting areas for improvementOffice of the Information Comissioner
10.00FOI and effective public administration – is openness and transparency ever the enemy of good government?Ken Foxe, Lecturer in the DIT School of Media
10.30FOI and Confidential Information – effectively managing requests and processing informationPaul Lavery, Partner, McCann FitzGerald
11.00Coffee Break 
11.30Addressing practical challenges faced by FOI officersPanel of FOI Officers and Experts
11.50The Requester’s perspective – some observations and comments from a FOI requester David McConnell, Irish Examiner
12.20An update on recent important legal decisions on FOI in Ireland Annette Hogan, McCann Fitzgerald
12.50Panel discussion and questions