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Political science, Journalism, Media and socio-cultural communication
The introduction of the Freedom of Information act in Ireland in 1997 was a profound change for a state, a civil service and political system far more comfortable with official secrets. It has had a transformational effect on relations between citizen and the state, and has been useful for journalists despite many challenges. After its introduction it was then amended, with high costs and limitations imposed. It has subsequently been amended again to restore much of its previous powers.
Foley, Michael, "Keeping the State’s secrets: Ireland’s road from ‘official’ secrets to freedom of information" (2015). Books/Book chapters. 30.