Kevin Murphy (ombudsman)
As Ombudsman, he dealt with complaints against government departments, local authorities etc. Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997, he also held the newly created office of Information Commissioner from April 1998. The Information Commissioner may review decisions of public bodies in relation to requests for access to information.
In June 2003, Emily O'Reilly succeeded Murphy in both posts. Though Kevin had originally been due to retire as early as 2002 when he'd turned 65, he has continued to serve Ireland in public life, including in 2006 sitting on a committee to appoint members of the new Irish Press commission.
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