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.
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:
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.
We complete reviews within four months if possible. Some cases may take longer if they are complex or involve a large number of records.Apply for a Review
As well as reviewing decisions, we:
Freedom of Information in Ireland is governed by the Freedom of Information Act 2014. A number of regulations have been made under this 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.
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.Find out more