FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1997


Number 13 of 1997


FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1997

REVISED

Updated to 18 March 2014


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Freedom of Information Act 1997. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Act 2014 (5/2014), enacted 18 March 2014, and all statutory instruments up to and including Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 (Period for Reckoning Election Expenses) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 144 of 2014), made 20 March 2014, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken in the preparation of this Revised Act, the Law Reform Commission can assume no responsibility for and give no guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up to date nature of the information provided and does not accept any liability whatsoever arising from any errors or omissions. Please notify any errors, omissions and comments by email to

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Number 13 of 1997


FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1997

REVISED

Updated to 18 March 2014


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 : This Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one ( Freedom of Information Act 2003, s. 32(2)). The Acts in the group are:

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (13/1997)

Freedom of Information Act 2003 (9/2003)

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

A list of legislative changes to any Act, and to statutory instruments from 2000, may be found in the Legislation Directory at www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Local Government Reform Act 2014 (1/2014)

Child and Family Agency Act 2013 (40/2013)

Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) (Amendment) Act 2013 (36/2013)

Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013 (33/2013)

Further Education and Training Act 2013 (25/2013)

Personal Insolvency Act 2012 (44/2012)

Fiscal Responsibility Act 2012 (39/2012)

Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 (35/2012)

Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 (28/2012)

Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 (41/2011)

Environment Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2011 (20/2011)

Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 2011 (10/2011)

Adoption Act 2010 (21/2010)

Houses of the Oireachtas Commission (Amendment) Act 2009 (44/2009)

Aviation (Preclearance) Act 2009 (16/2009)

Legal Services Ombudsman Act 2009 (8/2009)

Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 (15/2008)

Markets in Financial Instruments and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2007 (37/2007)

Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2007 (32/2007)

Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (25/2007)

Health Act 2007 (23/2007)

Consumer Protection Act 2007 (19/2007)

National Oil Reserves Agency Act 2007 (7/2007)

Houses of the Oireachtas Commission (Amendment) Act 2006 (39/2006)

National Economic and Social Development Office Act 2006 (21/2006)

National Sports Campus Development Authority Act 2006 (19/2006)

Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (14/2006)

Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006 (8/2006)

Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (5/2006)

Railway Safety Act 2005 (31/2005)

Veterinary Practice Act 2005 (22/2005)

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (10/2005)

Health Act 2004 (42/2004)

Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 (33/2004)

Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 (23/2004)

Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 (7/2004)

Independent Monitoring Commission Act 2003 (40/2003)

Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Act 2003 (28/2003)

Taxi Regulation Act 2003 (25/2003)

Arts Act 2003 (24/2003)

Digital Hub Development Agency Act 2003 (23/2003)

National Tourism Development Authority Act 2003 (10/2003)

Mental Health Act 2001 (25/2001)

Children Act 2001 (24/2001)

Planning and Development Act 2000 (30/2000)

Merchant Shipping (Investigation of Marine Casualties) Act 2000 (14/2000)

Comptroller and Auditor General and Committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Special Provisions) Act 1998 (47/1998)

Public Service Management Act 1997(27/1997)

All Acts up to and including ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Act 2014 (5/2014), enacted 18 March 2014, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 140 of 2014)

Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 418 of 2011)

European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Framework) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 333 of 2011)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Section 28(6)) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 387 of 2009)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Section 18(5a)) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 386 of 2009)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Section 17(6)) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 385 of 2009)

European Communities (European Aviation Safety Agency) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 95 of 2008)

European Communities (Occurrence Reporting in Civil Aviation) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 285 of 2007)

Mental Health Act 2001 (Approved Centres) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 551 of 2006)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 297 of 2006)

European Communities (Re-Use of Public Sector Information) Regulations 2005 (S.I. No. 279 of 2005)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 642 of 2003)

European Communities (European Aviation Safety Agency) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 469 of 2003)

European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services)(Universal Service and Users’ Rights) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 308 of 2003

European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services)(Framework) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 307 of 2003)

European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services)(Authorisation) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 306 of 2003)

European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services)(Access) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 305 of 2003)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Section 18(5A)) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 266 of 2003)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Section 17(6)) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 265 of 2003)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Fees) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 264 of 2003)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Miscellaneous Revocations) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 206 of 2003)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) (No. 2) Regulations 2002 (S.I. No. 530 of 2002)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) Regulations 2002 (S.I. No. 359 of 2002)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) (No. 4) Regulations 2001 (S.I. No. 475 of 2001)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Classes of Health Professionals) Regulations 2001 (S.I. No. 368 of 2001)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) (No. 3) Regulations 2001 (S.I. No. 128 of 2001)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) (No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I. No. 127 of 2001)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) Regulations 2001 (S.I. No. 126 of 2001)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) (No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I. No. 355 of 2000)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) (No. 2) Regulation 2000 (S.I. No. 115 of 2000)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) Regulations 2000 (S.I. No. 67 of 2000)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 329 of 1999)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (First Schedule) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 209 of 1999)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Section 28(6)) Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 47 of 1999)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Section 6(4)(B)) Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 46 of 1999)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Third Schedule) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 524 of 1998)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (First Schedule) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 523 of 1998)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Section 47(3)) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 522 of 1998)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Section 28(1)) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 521 of 1998)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Section 25(6)) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 520 of 1998)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Section 18) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 519 of 1998)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Section 17) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 518 of 1998)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Section 6(9)) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 517 of 1998)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Sections 6(4), 6(5), and 6(6)) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 516 of 1998)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Local Authority and Health Board) (Commencement) Order 1998 (S.I. No. 397 of 1998)

Rules of the Superior Courts (No. 3) (Freedom of Information Act, 1997) 1998 (S.I. No. 325 of 1998)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (Section 47(3)) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 139 of 1998)

Freedom of Information Act, 1997 — Delegation Under Section 4 (S.I. No. 116 of 1998)

All statutory instruments up to and including Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 (Period for Reckoning Election Expenses) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 144 of 2014), made 20 March 2014, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

List of bodies subject to Freedom of Information Act 1997

A list of bodies subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1997 is maintained by the Department of Finance and is available on its website at www.foi.gov.ie.


Number 13 of 1997


FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1997

REVISED

Updated to 18 March 2014


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I

Preliminary and General

Section

1.

Citation and commencement.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Regulations.

4.

Delegation of certain functions of heads.

5.

Expenses.

PART II

Access to Records

6.

Right of access to records.

7.

Requests for access to records.

8.

Decisions on requests under section 7 and notification of decisions.

9.

Extension of time for consideration of requests under section 7 .

10.

Refusal on administrative grounds to grant requests under section 7 .

11.

Deferral of access to records.

12.

Manner of access to records.

13.

Access to parts of records.

14.

Review by heads of decisions.

15.

Publication of information about public bodies.

16.

Publication of information regarding rules and practices in relation to certain decisions by public bodies.

17.

Amendment of records relating to personal information.

18.

Right of person to information regarding acts of public bodies affecting the person.

PART III

Exempt Records

19.

Meetings of the Government.

20.

Deliberations of public bodies.

21.

Functions and negotiations of public bodies.

22.

Parliamentary, court and certain other matters.

23.

Law enforcement and public safety.

24.

Security, defence and international relations.

25.

Conclusiveness of certain decisions pursuant to sections 23 and 24 .

26.

Information obtained in confidence.

27.

Commercially sensitive information.

28.

Personal information.

29.

Procedure in relation to certain requests under section 7 to which section 26 , 27 or 28 applies.

30.

Research and natural resources.

31.

Financial and economic interests of the State and public bodies.

32.

Enactments relating to non-disclosure of records.

PART IV

The Information Commissioner

33.

Establishment of office of Information Commissioner.

34.

Review by Commissioner of decisions.

35.

Requests for further information by Commissioner.

36.

Review of operation of Act and investigations by Commissioner.

37.

Powers of Commissioner.

38.

Commissioner to encourage publication of information by public bodies.

39.

Publication of commentaries by Commissioner on practical application, etc., of Act.

40.

Reports of Commissioner.

PART V

Miscellaneous

41.

Decisions deemed to have been made in certain cases.

42.

Appeal to High Court.

43.

Precautions by High Court and Commissioner against disclosure of certain information.

44.

Stay on certain decisions.

45.

Immunity from legal proceedings.

46.

Restriction of Act.

47.

Fees.

48.

Amendment of Official Secrets Act, 1963.

FIRST SCHEDULE

Public Bodies

SECOND SCHEDULE

The Information Commissioner

THIRD SCHEDULE

Enactments Excluded from Application of Section 32

PART I

Statutes

PART II

Statutory Instruments


Acts Referred to

Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Act, 1988

1988, No. 18

An Bord Bia Act, 1996

1996, No. 21

Bord Glas Act, 1990

1990, No. 1

Children Act, 1908

1908, c. 67

Civil Service Commissioners Act, 1956

1956, No. 45

Civil Service Regulation Act, 1956

1956, No. 46

Civil Service Regulation Acts, 1956 and 1958

Combat Poverty Agency Act, 1986

1986, No. 14

Companies Act, 1963

1963, No. 33

Companies Acts, 1963 to 1990

Competition Act, 1991

1991, No. 24

Comptroller and Auditor General Acts, 1923 and 1993

Copyright Act, 1963

1963, No. 10

Data Protection Act, 1988

1988, No. 25

Defence Act, 1954

1954, No. 18

Dentists' Act, 1985

1985, No. 9

Employment Equality Act, 1977

1977, No. 16

Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992

1992, No. 7

European Assembly Act, 1977

1977, No. 30

European Parliament Elections Act, 1993

1993, No. 30

Exchequer and Audit Department Acts, 1866 and 1921

Forestry Act, 1988

1988, No. 26

Gas Act, 1976

1976, No. 30

Harbours Act, 1996

1996, No. 11

Industrial Development Act, 1986

1986, No. 9

Industrial Development Act, 1993

1993, No. 19

Industrial Relations Act, 1946

1946, No. 26

Industrial Relations Act, 1969

1969, No. 14

Industrial Relations Act, 1990

1990, No. 19

Irish Aviation Authority Act, 1993

1993, No. 27

Irish Film Board Act, 1980

1980, No. 36

Irish Horseracing Industry Act, 1994

1994, No. 18

Irish Medicines Board Act, 1995

1995, No. 29

Labour Services Act, 1987

1987, No. 10

Local Authorities (Officers and Employees) Act, 1926

1926, No. 39

Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1983

1983, No. 28

Local Government Act, 1941

1941, No. 23

Marine Institute Act, 1991

1991, No. 2

Medical Practitioners Act, 1978

1978, No. 4

Milk (Regulation of Supply) Act, 1994

1994, No. 25

Ministers and Secretaries Act, 1924

1924, No. 16

National Archives Act, 1986

1986, No. 11

National Social Services Board Act, 1984

1984, No. 2

National Treasury Management Agency Act, 1990

1990, No. 18

Offences Against the State Act, 1939

1939, No. 13

Official Secrets Act, 1963

1963, No. 1

Ombudsman Act, 1980

1980, No. 26

Pensions Act, 1990

1990, No. 25

Performers' Protection Act, 1968

1968, No. 19

Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983

1983, No. 26

Public Offices Fees Act, 1879

1879, c. 58

Prisons Acts, 1826 to 1980

Radiological Protection Act, 1991

1991, No. 9

Restrictive Practices (Amendment) Act, 1987

1987, No. 31

Roads Act, 1993

1993, No. 14

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989

1989, No. 7

Social Welfare Acts

Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1993

1993, No. 27

Tax Acts

Trade and Marketing Promotion Act, 1991

1991, No. 22

Transport (Re-organisation of Córas Iompair Éireann) Act, 1986

1986, No. 31

Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act, 1921

1921, c. 7

Údarás na Gaeltachta Act, 1979

1979, No. 5

Voluntary Health Insurance (Amendment) Act, 1996

1996, No. 4


Number 13 of 1997


FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1997

REVISED

Updated to 18 March 2014


AN ACT TO ENABLE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO OBTAIN ACCESS, TO THE GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE CONSISTENT WITH THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY, TO INFORMATION IN THE POSSESSION OF PUBLIC BODIES AND TO ENABLE PERSONS TO HAVE PERSONAL INFORMATION RELATING TO THEM IN THE POSSESSION OF SUCH BODIES CORRECTED AND, ACCORDINGLY, TO PROVIDE FOR A RIGHT OF ACCESS TO RECORDS HELD BY SUCH BODIES, FOR NECESSARY EXCEPTIONS TO THAT RIGHT AND FOR ASSISTANCE TO PERSONS TO ENABLE THEM TO EXERCISE IT, TO PROVIDE FOR THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW BOTH OF DECISIONS OF SUCH BODIES RELATING TO THAT RIGHT AND OF THE OPERATION OF THIS ACT GENERALLY (INCLUDING THE PROCEEDINGS OF SUCH BODIES PURSUANT TO THIS ACT) AND, FOR THOSE PURPOSES, TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER AND TO DEFINE ITS FUNCTIONS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE PUBLICATION BY SUCH BODIES OF CERTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT THEM RELEVANT TO THE PURPOSES OF THIS ACT, TO AMEND THE OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT, 1963, AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS. [21 st April, 1997]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

Annotations:

Modifications (not altering text):

C1

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 restricted (25.09.2013) by Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013 (33/2013), s. 127(1), S.I. No. 362 of 2013.

Restriction of Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

127.— (1) Without prejudice to the exemption for official documents and private papers, the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 shall not apply to a record relating to a Part 2 inquiry or other committee business unless—

(a) the record was created before the inquiry or other committee business, as the case may be, commenced, or

(b) the record relates to the expenses of the committee or other matters concerning the general administration of the committee.

...

C2

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 restricted (1.03.2013) by Personal Insolvency Act 2012 (44/2012), s. 22, S.I. No. 63 of 2013.

Restriction of Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

22.— (1) The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 do not apply to a record held by the Insolvency Service, unless the record relates to the general administration of the Insolvency Service.

(2) In this section, “record” has the same meaning as in the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

C3

Functions transferred and references to “Department of Finance” and “Minister for Finance” construed (29.07.2011) by Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 418 of 2011), arts. 2, 3, 5 and sch.1. part 2, in effect as per art. 1(2), subject to transitional provisions in arts. 6-9.

2.— (1) The administration and business in connection with the performance of any functions transferred by this Order are transferred to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

(2) References to the Department of Finance contained in any Act or instrument made thereunder and relating to the administration and business transferred by paragraph (1) shall, on and after the commencement of this Order, be construed as references to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

3.—The functions conferred on the Minister for Finance by or under the provisions of —

(a) the enactments specified in Schedule 1, and

(b) the statutory instruments specified in Schedule 2,

are transferred to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

...

5. —References to the Minister for Finance contained in any Act or instrument under an Act and relating to any functions transferred by this Order shall, from the commencement of this Order, be construed as references to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

...

Schedule 1

Number and Year

Short Title

Provision

...

No. 13 of 1997

...

...

Freedom of Information Act 1997

...

...

The whole Act

...

C4

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 restricted (1.11.2011) by Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 (23/2011), s. 48, S.I. No. 539 of 2011.

Restriction of Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

48.— (1) The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 do not apply to a record relating to the inquiry into any matter by a tribunal unless—

( a) the record was created before the appointment of the tribunal, or

( b) the record relates to the expenses of the tribunal or other matters concerning the general administration of the tribunal.

(2) Subsection (1) applies whether the record concerned is—

( a) held by the tribunal, or

( b) deposited with a person, or at a place, in compliance with the requirements of a notice under section 46 (1) given to the chairman or former chairman, as the case may be, of the tribunal.

(3) In this section, “record” has the same meaning as in the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

C5

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 restricted (2.10.2012) by Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 (41/2011), s. 19(4) and s. 91(3), S.I. No. 385 of 2012.

Publication and implementation of statement of strategy.

19.— ...

(4) During the specified period, the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 shall not apply to a record containing—

(a) a statement of strategy, or an amendment to a statement of strategy, that has not been adopted by the Board, or

(b) a preliminary or other draft of all or part of the contents of a statement of strategy or of an amendment to a statement of strategy.

(5) In subsection (4), “specified period”, in relation to a record, means a period of 5 years commencing on the date of creation of the record.

...

Confidentiality.

91.— ...

(3) The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 shall not apply to a record (within the meaning of those Acts) relating to any professional competence scheme.

...

C6

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 restricted (1.07.2011) by European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Framework) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 333 of 2011), reg. 10(12).

Provision of information

10. ...

(12) Where the Regulator receives information classified as confidential from the European Commission or from a national regulatory authority of another Member State under Article 5 of the Framework Directive and the Regulator is satisfied that such information is so classified in accordance with rules of business confidentiality of the European Union or of the Member State from which the information originated, as the case may be, it shall protect the confidentiality of such information. The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 do not apply to such information.

...

C7

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1998 and 2003 restricted (1.05.2010) by Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (25/2007), s. 95(3), S.I. No. 150 of 2010.

Confidentiality.

95.— ...

(3) The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 shall not apply to a record (within the meaning of those Acts) relating to any professional competence scheme.

...

C8

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 restricted (3.07.2008) by Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (25/2007), s. 14(4) and (5), S.I. No. 231 of 2008.

Publication and implementation of statement of strategy.

14.—(1) ...

(4) During the specified period, the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 shall not apply to a record containing—

( a) a statement of strategy, or an amendment to a statement of strategy, that has not been adopted by the Council, or

( b) a preliminary or other draft of all or part of the contents of a statement of strategy or of an amendment to a statement of strategy.

(5) In subsection (4), “specified period”, in relation to a record, means a period of 5 years commencing on the date of creation of the record.

C9

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 restricted by European Communities (European Aviation Safety Agency) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 469 of 2003), reg. 9(2) as inserted (8.04.2008) by European Communities (European Aviation Safety Agency) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 95 of 2008), reg. 3(d).

...

(2) Information received by the Authority pursuant to the EASA Regulation shall be treated as confidential and shall not be disclosable under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003.

...

C10

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 restricted (13.06.2007) by European Communities (Occurrence Reporting in Civil Aviation) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 285 of 2007), reg. 9(2).

Confidentiality of information.

9. (1) This Regulation shall apply without prejudice to the operation of any other law of the State relating to access to information by judicial authorities.

(2) Information received by the competent authority or otherwise by or on behalf of the State (including the AAIU)—

(a) being information referred to in Regulation 7(3) or 8(1), or

(b) being information referred to in the provisions of the law of other Member States corresponding to Regulation 7(3) or 8(1) which give effect to Article 6(1) or 7(1), as the case may be, of the Directive,

shall be treated as confidential and used solely for the objective of the Directive and these Regulations and shall not be disclosable under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003.

C11

Transitional provision for application of Act provided (15.05.2007) by Health Act 2007 (23/2007), s. 94, S.I. No. 226 of 2007.

Records of specified bodies.

94.—(1) Each record held by a specified body immediately before the establishment day is on that day transferred to the Authority and is, on and from that day, deemed to be held by the Authority.

(2) Any right of access, under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003, to records that before the establishment day of the Authority were held by a body specified under section 86 and that are transferred to the Authority under subsection (1 is not affected by the transfer of those records.

(3) For the purpose of section 18 of the Freedom of Information Act 1997, any act done by the Irish Health Services Accreditation Board before the establishment day of the Authority is deemed to have been done by the Authority.

C12

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 restricted (1.01.2005) by Health Act 2004 (42/2004), s. 30(4) and (5), S.I. No. 887 of 2004.

Publication and implementation of approved corporate plan.

30.— ...

(4) During the specified period, the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 do not apply to a record containing—

( a) a corporate plan, or an amendment to such plan, that has not been approved by the Minister,

( b) a preliminary or other draft of all or part of the contents of a corporate plan or of an amendment to a corporate plan, or

( c) the unamended version of a corporate plan that is approved after being amended in accordance with a direction of the Minister.

(5) For the purpose of subsection (4), the specified period is 5 years beginning on the date of the creation of the record.

C13

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 restricted (18.07.2004) by Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 (23/2004), s. 40(1) and (2), commenced on enactment.

Restriction of Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003.

40.—(1) The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 [and 2003 ] do not apply to a record relating to an investigation by a commission unless—

( a) the record was created before the making of the order establishing the commission, or

( b) the record relates to the expenses of the commission or the appointment of persons under section 7 or 8 or other matters concerning the general administration of the commission.

(2) Subsection (1) applies whether the record concerned is held by—

( a) the commission,

( b) the specified Minister after being deposited with him or her under section 43(2) ,

( c) a tribunal of inquiry after being made available to it under section 45 , or

( d) a body after being transferred to it on the dissolution of a tribunal of inquiry to which the record was made available under section 45 .

...

C14

Application of Act restricted (1.01.2004) by Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Act 2003 (28/2003), s. 16(4)(d), commenced on establishment as per s.1.

Functions of the Secretary General.

16.— ...

(4) ...

( d) The Freedom of Information Act 1997 shall not apply to a record containing the following during the period of 5 years immediately following its creation:

(i) a strategic plan that has not been approved under paragraph (a),

(ii) a preliminary or other draft of the whole or part of the material contained in a strategic plan,

(iii) the unamended version of a strategic plan that is approved under paragraph (a) with amendment, or

(iv) a direction under subsection (5) in connection with the obligations of the Secretary General under subsection (4)(a) and (b).

...

C15

Application of collectively cited Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 restricted (25.07.2003) by European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services)(Framework) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 307 of 2003), reg. 17(10).

Provision of information

17. ...

(10) Where the Regulator receives information classified as confidential from the European Commission or from a national regulatory authority of another Member State pursuant to Article 5 of the Framework Directive and the Regulator is satisfied that such information is so classified in accordance with rules of business confidentiality of the European Community or of the Member State from which the information originated, as the case may be, it shall protect the confidentiality of such information. The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 do not apply to such information.

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Confidentiality of information

21. In these Regulations the Regulator shall, subject to the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003, maintain and accept as confidential any information provided by an undertaking expressed by it to be confidential, except where the Regulator has good reason to consider otherwise.

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Application of Act not restricted by Data Protection Act 1988 (25/1988), s. 1(5), as inserted (1.07.2003) by Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 (6/2003), s. 2(d), S.I. No. 207 of 2003.

Interpretation and application of Act.

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[(5) (a) A right conferred by this Act shall not prejudice the exercise of a right conferred by the Freedom of Information Act 1997.

(b) The Commissioner and the Information Commissioner shall, in the performance of their functions, co-operate with and provide assistance to each other. ]

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Act included in collective citation (11.04.2003) by Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act 2003 (9/2003), s. 32(2), commenced on enactment.

Short title and collective citation.

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(2) The Freedom of Information Act 1997 and this Act may be cited together as the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

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Application of Act restricted (1.09.1997) by Public Service Management Act 1997 (27/1997), s. 5(3), S.I. No. 339 of 1997.

Strategy statement.

5. (1) A statement referred to in this Act as a “ strategy statement” shall—

( a) comprise the key objectives, outputs and related strategies (including use of resources) of the Department of State or Scheduled Office concerned,

( b) be prepared in a form and manner in accordance with any directions issued from time to time by the Government, and

( c) be submitted to and approved by the relevant Minister of the Government with or without amendment.

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(3) The Freedom of Information Act, 1997, shall not apply to a record containing—

( a) a strategy statement that has not been approved under subsection (1) (c),

( b) a preliminary or other draft of the whole or part of the material contained in a strategy statement,

( c) the unamended version of a strategy statement that is approved under subsection (1) (c) with amendment, or

( d) a direction under section 7 in connection with the obligations of the Secretary General of a Department or Head of a Scheduled Office under section 4 (1) (b) or 5 (1) ,

during the period of 5 years immediately following the creation of the record.

Editorial Notes:

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Previous affecting provision: application of Act restricted (16.12.1998) by Comptroller and Auditor General and Committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Special Provisions) Act 1998 (47/1998), s. 22, commenced on enactment; repealed (25.09.2013) by Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013 (33/2013), s. 5 and sch., S.I. No. 362 of 2013.