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
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2014, bodies that fall within any of the categories set out in section 6(1) (a) to (h) of the Act are subject to FOI, unless they are specifically exempt, in whole or in part, either in Section 42 or in Schedule 1 of the Act. Under section 6(7), where a dispute arises as to whether an entity is a public body for the purposes of the Act in accordance with section 6(1), the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform shall make a binding determination on the matter. The Minister has made a number of determinations that certain entities are not public bodies for the purposes of the Act, details of which can be accessed here.