The Office of the Information Commissioner is the appeals body for Freedom of Information in Ireland. Our job is to review decisions which public bodies make on freedom of information requests. We are based at Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin.
In addition to the Information Commissioner and the Director General, we have a team of around twenty staff which is led by two Senior Investigators, Stephen Rafferty and Deirdre McGoldrick. Further support comes from the shared services provided by the Office of the Ombudsman (for example, human resource management and information and communications technology support).
Peter Tyndall is Ombudsman and Information Commissioner for Ireland since December 2013.
Peter, who is from Dublin, served as Public Services Ombudsman for Wales. He was Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales and Head of Education and Culture for the Welsh Local Government Association. Peter worked in a variety of senior positions in housing and social care. In particular, he developed housing and support services for people with intellectual disabilities. Peter served as President of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) for 5 years from 2016 to 2021.
Elaine Cassidy worked in the multinational IT sector for 15 years in an international management role, before joining the public service in 2008, as Head of Equal Status and Head of Mediation at the Equality Tribunal.
Following this, Elaine joined the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Employment to oversee the enactment and commencement of the Companies Act 2014 and related statutory instruments. She then became Deputy Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman at the FSPO, which is part of the consumer protection framework in Ireland.
Elaine holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UCD, completed the Law Society FE1 Exams and is a qualified Adjudicator, a certified Mediator and a member of the Mediators Institute of Ireland. She also holds an LLB in Law from DIT and a BA in International Marketing and Languages from DCU.