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Legislation, FOI Acts & Regulations

The broad purpose of the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 is to confer rights on members of the public to obtain access to information held by public bodies to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy.

There are also other Acts and Regulations, including the Disability Act, 2005, whose provisions affect the role of the Information Commissioner.

The Central Policy Unit, at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform maintains a list of the public bodies who come within the remit of the Information Commissioner.

Text of the FOI Acts 1997 & 2003

The Central Policy Unit at the Department of Finance has prepared an amalgamated text for illustrative purposes - available on its legislation page. The amalgamated text does not purport to be a legal interpretation or a restatement of the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

Text of the FOI Act 1997

The text of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 is available on the legislation page of the Freedom Of Information website.

Text of the FOI (Amendment) Act 2003

The text of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act 2003 is available on the legislation page of the Freedom Of Information website.

Guide to the FOI Act

The Freedom Of Information Central Policy Unit has developed a short Guide to the Freedom of Information Act 1997, and the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act 2003.

CPU Policy Notices

From time to time the Freedom Of Information Central Policy Unit issues notices on the FOI Act for the guidance of public bodies.

Regulations

A full list of Regulations made under the FOI acts are available on the Freedom of Information website.