The Office of the Information Commissioner welcomes the review of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD. We also welcome the consultation process initiated by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
The Information Commissioner is required by section 44 of the FOI Act to keep the operation of the Act under review. Our submission arises from, and forms part of, our ongoing review of the operation of the Act and is based on the direct experience of our Office in applying the FOI Act 2014 over the last seven or eight years, and indeed in previously applying the FOI Acts 1997 & 2003.
Information Commissioner, Ger Deering, said
“We hope that our submission will assist the Minister and his Department in his aim of finding better ways of achieving transparency in public administration.”