Please click the link below to download a guide for IT Sligo staff relating to Freedom of Information:
The Freedom of Information Act 1997 (FOI) as amended by the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act 2003 obliged government departments, the Health Service Executive (HSE), local authorities and a range of other public bodies to publish information on their activities and to make the information they held, including personal information, available to citizens.
On 14 October 2014, the Freedom of Information Act 2014 came into effect and repealed the 1997 and 2003 Acts.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.
IT Sligo is currently preparing an FOI Publication Scheme under the guidelines recently approved by Mr. Brendan Howlin, TD, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform under Section 8 (7) of the Freedom of Information Act 2014. The Publication Scheme must be adopted by all FOI bodies and shall set out the required information.
Under the Publication Scheme, each FOI body shall:
- Set out information to assist members of the public in their understanding of the body and its functions;
- Publish the information it holds grouped under the information headings below
- Explain the procedures to get access to information or to establish what information the body holds