The Freedom of Information Acts give people a right of access to records held by many public bodies including Government Departments, the HSE and Local Authorities. The Office of the Information Commissioner reviews decisions made by public bodies in relation to Freedom of Information requests. Our job is to review such decisions in a fair and independent way.
The Office also promotes the operation of the FOI Act and, from time to time, publishes commentaries on the operation of the FOI Act.
Freedom of Information Act 2014
The Freedom of Information Act 2014, was signed by the President on Tuesday, 14th October 2014, and became effective on that day, subject to certain commencement dates for the specific provisions set out in section 1 of the Act. The new Act can be found by clicking on the following link http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/acts/2014/a3014.pdf
Please be aware that the transitional provisions in section 55 of the 2014 Act provide that any action commenced under the 1997 Act but not completed before the commencement of the 2014 Act shall continue to be performed and shall be completed as if the 1997 Act had not been repealed. The Commissioner takes this to mean that if an FOI request was made before 14 October 2014, any subsequent review application (up to and including appeals to the Courts) will have to be dealt with under the 1997 Act.