The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act establishes a number of important new legal rights for those seeking access to official information. Under the FOI Act, anyone is entitled to apply for access to information not otherwise publicly available. Each person has a right of:
- Access to records held by the Council
- Correction of personal information relating to oneself held by the Council where it is inaccurate, incomplete or misleading
- Access to reasons for decisions made by the Council directly affecting oneself
- The following records come within the scope of the Act:
- All records relating to personal information held by the Council irrespective of when created
- All other records created from commencement date of 21st April, 1998
- Any other records necessary to the understanding of a current record
- There are basically two types of charges that apply under the Freedom of Information Act
- Fees that accompany a request for a record: A fee of €15 must accompany a request for records other than records containing only personal information relating to oneself. A reduced fee of €10 applies in relation to such a request if you are covered by a medical card. Neither fee applies if the request is for personal information relating to oneself.
- Fees/deposits in relation to the cost of search and retrieval and copying of records released. Requesters can also be charged for the time spent finding records that are to be given to them, and for any photocopying costs incurred by the public body in providing material to the requester. Such costs are very unlikely to arise in the case of personal information. Requesters cannot be charged for the time spent on deciding whether or not to grant their request.
A fee of €75 must accompany most applications for internal review of a decision of a public body. A reduced fee of €25 applies if you are covered by a medical card. There is no fee for internal review applications concerning only personal information relating to oneself or in relation to a decision to impose a fee or deposit.A fee of €150 must accompany most applications for review by the Information Commissioner. A reduced fee of €50 applies if you are covered by a medical card or in relation to a review concerning certain third party information.
There is no fee for review applications concerning only personal information relating to oneself or in relation to decisions to impose fees or deposits.
The Council will normally be obliged to respond to the request within 4 weeks. Applications under the FOI Act should be addressed to Alan O'Hare or to email@example.com
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