Originally Posted by DaCor
Sigh, ok, I'll try one last time
Ever hear the expression of "you don't ask, you don't get".
The NTA are not obliged to do anything unless the request for the contract is submitted through FOI. They have a legal responsibility to respond to every single FOI request and respond within a limited time frame. They also need a rock solid justification to refuse a FOI otherwise it will be overturned on appeal and they get flogged for not adhering to FOIAL legislation
An FOI request is as easy as sending an email, takes 5 mins.
If someone insists that the NTA should make the contract public but can't be arsed to actually submit a request for a copy of it please tell me how a copy of that contract is supposed to end up in the public domain.
Apart from press releases or govt publications, how do you think govt information ends up in the public domain? TD's, Councillors, Journalists, regular punters etc, all use the tool, FOI
Excellent clarity ar last,if if a tad tetchy
IF the NTA has the self-confidence in it's Contractual procedures,then there need be NO requirement for "Tools" to access that procedure,whether by Joe Soap or President Higgins
Since the NTA remains for the moment,a Public Authority,under the aegis of the Dept and Minister for Transport,it is to be hoped that,as it is spending Publicly Provided money,it can therefore be open and transparent as to the process.
I would further suggest that advocating for the primacy of the "Don't ask-Don't get" principle in the disbursement of Public Funds,is far too close to supporting the last decision of an Irish Government Minister to adhere to it's strictures.....It should be kept very much to the fore that the Irish State,and it's then minister for Heath Michael Noonan were totally intent on maintaining "Don't ask-Don't tell" whilst Bridgid McCole was suffering an agonising death at it's own hands.
I'm sorry,but you can go through all the "Simple FOI procedures" you like,but I remain of the strong opinion that ALL
of the NTA's Contracts should be placed on the Public Record ASAP after their agreement.
I can,for example go on to the NTA website and download the FULL Direct Award Contracts for Bus Atha Cliath and Bus Eireann as well as the Tendered Services operated by M&A Coaches....
In any truly functional,above board process,in which both
sides had confidence,the Contract Particulars would have been on the Official Record the day after the "grace period" ended.
Failure to do this,instills suspicion,and a perception of malpractice amongst ordinary citizens and learned observers alike.