Friday, 13 May 2011

Rathlin Ferry Saga and the Northern Ireland Audit Office 2

Earlier this year I asked the Northern Ireland Audit Office for a copy of an item of correspondence between it and Paul Priestly, the then Permanent Secretary of the Department for Regional Development; I requested the redaction of any personal data. The correspondence duly arrived but the whole of the second paragraph in this segment and its title were completely redacted. A follow-up request from an associate led to a change of heart by the NIAO. Why was I not sent the above snippet as the unredacted material above contains no personal data? When will the NIAO release this material without any redactions? I'm told that those who might possibly be referred to have already given their consent.