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Political Pensions

€110 of €100 goal

Raised by 2 people in 3 months
Created April 4, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Adrian Acosta
Until last year, the Department of Finance published details of how much it paid in pensions to former ministers, taoisigh, presidents, judges, and other ex-officeholders.

Last summer however, the Department decided it could no longer publish the data because it would be a breach of data protection (GDPR) regulations.

That means the only way to find out is using Freedom of Information legislation, which can be used to circumvent concerns over personal data.

The Department of Finance figures give only a partial picture however, and most ministers are also in receipt of a pension from the Oireachtas for their time spent serving as a TD or a Senator.

We want to build a database that will tell you exactly how much each former politician received in pension payments for 2017 and 2018.

We also want to try and figure out how much these pensions would have cost on the open market and how reflective they are of actual contributions made.


**HELP US INVESTIGATE**

Using data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, we will allow you to search through all payments made both by the Department of Finance and the Oireachtas for the past two years.

We will update this every year so that these pension payments remain where they belong ... in the public eye and easily accessible.

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Dear Supporter,
Just a quick update for you on where we are now with this project:
- For the first time, the Department of Public Expenditure has refused to release an individual breakdown of ministerial pensions citing GDPR. This has already been appealed by Noteworthy and will be taken to the Information Commissioner if required. Your contribution will enable us to fund this appeals process
- We do have a story ready to publish on both the Department's refusal, and also a searchable database of €21 million in political pensions paid by the Oireachtas.
It will be available at this link from midnight: http://www.thejournal.ie/politicians-pensions-ireland-4634460-May2019/
Thanks again for your very generous support.
Ken Foxe & the Noteworthy Team
www.noteworthy.ie
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Dear Supporter,
Thank you so much for your contribution to this project, which is now fully funded.
Just a quick update for you on where we are so far with it:
- After a long-drawn out process involving two government departments and a public body, the information on ministerial pensions is now going to be released. We hope to have it within the next four to five weeks.
When the project is completed and published, we will make sure to let you know.
In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter (@noteworthy_ie) for updates on all our latest work.
Thanks
The Noteworthy Team
www.noteworthy.ie
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€110 of €100 goal

Raised by 2 people in 3 months
Created April 4, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Adrian Acosta
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