Freedom of Information

What is Freedom of Information?

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into effect on 21 April, 1998 and was amended on 11 April, 2003 by 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 bodies where it is inaccurate, incomplete or misleading
  • obtain reasons for a decision made by a Government department or certain public bodies where the decision affects you


What records can I ask for under FOI?

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 as to why you want access to particular records, and the Government department or body concerned must give you an explanation if it refuses you access to any record that you have looked for. A decision on your FOI application must normally be made within 20 working days.

If you have a specific question on making an FOI request to this Department, please visit our Freedom of Information FAQ.

For more comprehensive information on Freedom of Information including the text of the FOI Acts, please visit the FOI Central Policy Unit website at

Contact Details

All requests under the FOI Acts should be addressed to:

Address: Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Justice and Equality
51 St. Stephen's Green
Dublin 2
Telephone: + 353 1 6028202 ext. 8408/8417
Lo-Call: 1890 221 227 ext. 8408/8417
Fax: + 353 1 6761837











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