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Legislation, FOI Acts & Regulations

The broad purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 is to confer rights on members of the public to obtain access to information held by FOI bodies to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy.

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 became effective on 14 October 2014, subject to certain commencement dates for the specific provisions set out in section 1 of the Act.

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the commencement of the 2014 Act shall continue to be performed and shall be completed as if the 1997 Act had not been repealed.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.

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 provides information on the FOI bodies who come within the remit of the Information Commissioner.

Text of the FOI Act 2014

The text of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 is available on the Freedom of Information website.

Text of the FOI Act 1997

This is a link to the text of the Freedom of Information Act 1997.

Text of the FOI (Amendment) Act 2003

This is a link to the text of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act 2003.

Guide to the FOI Act

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Central Policy Unit has developed a series of Guidance Notes under a Code of Practice and in line with the FOI Act 2014.

Regulations

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