What is FOI?

The FOI Act 2014 was signed into law on the 14th October 2014 and replaces both the 1997 and 2003 Acts.  Its long title states "An Act to enable members of the public to obtain access, to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy, to information in the possession of public bodies, other bodies in receipt of funding from the State and certain other bodies...".  The FOI Act 2014 removes the list of Schedule Bodies and extends the remit of the Act to all public bodies.  It is intended to also extend the Act to funded Agencies with Ministerial Regulations to be drafted to effect this.  The new Act gives FOI Bodies not previously covered  by it 6 months to prepare before their "effective date" - 14th April 2015 is their effective date.
The definition of records in the Act includes personal records of living and deceased persons and all non-personal records and includes records in any format e.g. written, electronic, on CD, audio recording, x-ray, email, etc.
The FOI Act provides citizens with legal rights to:-
  • Access to records held by public bodies
  • Have personal information held by the public body amended, corrected or deleted where itis inaccurate, incomplete or misleading
  • Obtain access to reasons for decisions of public bodies affecting the person.
Access to records may be refused in certain circumstances using one of the exemptions provided under the Act.  Examples of records that may not be released include information about other people, information given in confidence, legal advices, commercially sensitive information.
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