We have two review functions. The first is to review Freedom of Information decisions. The second is to review the Re-use of Public Sector Information decisions.

Freedom of Information

You have the right to access records which public bodies hold, under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014. If you are not happy with the public body's final decision, you can apply to us for a review. We are an independent appeals body. We have the power to affirm, vary or annul the public body's decision and make a new decision. We review the following kinds of decisions:

  • Refusal of access to records
  • Release of records relating to third parties
  • Refusal to amend personal information
  • Refusal to give a statement of reasons

How we review FOI decisions

When we review a decision by a public body, we examine the relevant information and invite submissions from the parties involved. The parties are usually the applicant and the public body. We also consult third parties - for example, if our decision might affect their interests. It is sometimes possible to settle a case, by agreement with the parties.

Review timeframes

We complete reviews within four months if possible. Some cases may take longer if they are complex or involve a large number of records.

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Additional FOI functions

As well as reviewing decisions, we:

  • Review the operation of the Freedom of Information Act
  • Publish reports, guidance notes and other material
  • Carry out investigations into how public bodies comply with the Freedom of Information Act

FOI Legislation

Freedom of Information in Ireland is governed by the Freedom of Information Act 2014. A number of regulations have been made under this act.

Do you want more information on the Freedom of Information Act?

You will find regulations, codes of practice and manuals on the website of the Freedom of Information Central Policy Unit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform at foi.gov.ie.

Re-use of Public Sector Information

You have the right to re-use information which public bodies hold, under the European Communities (Re-use of Public Sector Information) Regulations 2005. If you are not happy with the public body's decision, you can appeal to us.

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