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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.


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

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