Freedom Of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2014, was signed by the President on Tuesday, 14th October 2014, and became effective on that day, subject to certain commencement dates for the specific provisions set out in section 1 of the Act. The new Act can be found by clicking on the following link http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/acts/2014/a3014.pdf

Please be aware that the transitional provisions in section 55 of the 2014 Act provide that any action commenced under the 1997 Act but not completed before the commencement  of the 2014 Act shall continue to be performed and shall be completed as if the 1997 Act had not been repealed. The Commissioner takes this to mean that, if an FOI request was made before 14 October 2014, any subsequent review application  (up to and including appeals to the Courts) will have to be dealt with under the 1997 Act.

On 14 October 2014, the Freedom of Information Act 2014 came into effect and repealed the 1997 and 2003 Acts. The new Act introduced a number of changes to the Freedom of Information scheme and widened the range of bodies to which the FOI legislation applies to all public bodies, unless specifically exempt. It also allows for the Government to prescribe (or designate) other bodies receiving significant public funds, so that the FOI legislation applies to them also.

The old legislation continues to apply to any FOI request made before the new legislation came into effect. It also applies to any subsequent review or appeal.

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