Freedom of information
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into effect on 21 April 1998. It was amended on 11 April 2003 and is known as the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act 2003.
Under FOI you have a right to:
- access records held by a Government Department or certain public bodies
- request correction of personal information relating to you held by a Government Department or certain public body where it is inaccurate, incomplete or misleading
- obtain reasons for a decisions made by a Government Department or certain public body where the decision affects you
You can ask for the following records held by a Department or certain bodies:
- any records relating to you personally whenever created
- all other records created after 21 April, 1998
A ‘record’ can be a paper document, information held on computer, printouts, maps, plans, microfilm, microfiche, audio-visual material, etc.
You do not have to give a reason why you want a particular record.
The Government Department or body must give you an explanation if access to any record that you have looked for is refused.
A decision on your FOI applications must normally be made within 20 working days.
Freedom of Information (FOI) Unit
Department of Justice and Equality
51 St Stephen's Green
Telephone: 01 602 8202 ext. 8408 or 8417
LoCall: 1890 221 227 ext. 8408 or 8417
Fax: 01 676 1837
(Note: Rates for LoCall 1890 may increase from a mobile phone.)