Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into effect on 21 April, 1998. It was amended by the FOI (Amendment) Act, 2003.

The FOI Act gives people the right to access records held by Government Departments and certain public bodies. A person does not have to specify why access to particular records is required and the Government Department or body concerned must provide an explanation to the requester if access to any record being sought is refused.

Decisions on FOI applications must normally be made within 20 working days. The applicant has the right to seek an internal review by the body concerned of any decision and can also apply to the Information Commissioner for a complete review of the case if not happy with the result.

The following records held by Government Departments or certain public bodies may be requested:

  • any records relating to you personally, whenever created;
  • all other records created after 21 April, 1998.

For further information please refer to our FOI Reference Manual.

Application Form for FOI request (Appendix to Reference Manual)

FOI requests should be directed to:

Kevin De Barra
FOI Officer
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
16-22 Green St. Dublin 7
Email: foi@ihrec.ie