Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009
45.— (1) F9 [ Subject to the Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 ], the Executive may, in accordance with this section, access and process any relevant records for the purposes of this Act.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), the Executive shall, as soon as is practicable after the commencement of this section, prepare and cause to be published a code of practice to be complied with by a person accessing and processing any relevant records pursuant to subsection (1), or a person referred to in subsection (4) having any relevant information in the person’s possession, custody or control, in so far as the relevant records or relevant information, as the case may be, consist of personal data.
(3) The Executive shall not perform the function under subsection (2) except after consultation with the Data Protection Commissioner within the meaning of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003.
(4) Subject to subsection (5) , a person shall not disclose relevant information except for the purpose of the performance of a function by the person under this Act.
(5) A person may disclose relevant information to a member of the Garda Síochána if the person reasonably believes that the disclosure is necessary in order to prevent the continuance of an act constituting an offence.
(6) Documents that are prepared for the purpose of performing a function under this Act shall not constitute Departmental records within the meaning of section 2(2) of the National Archives Act 1986.
(7) The Executive shall determine the storage, retention or disposal of—
( a) applications for State support (including any documents accompanying applications),
( b) documents referred to in subsection (6) , and
( c) relevant records which are in the possession of, or under the control of, the Executive.
(8) The Executive may request in writing a person to provide the Executive with access to, or copies of, relevant records which—
( a) are in the possession of, or under the control of, the person, and
( b) will or may assist the Executive to perform its functions under this Act.
(9) A person the subject of a request under subsection (8) shall comply with the request as soon as is practicable after the person receives the request.
(10) A person who, without reasonable excuse, contravenes subsection (4) or (9) is guilty of an offence and is liable—
( a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €3,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both, or
( b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding €25,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or both.
(11) In this section—
“relevant information”, in relation to a person referred to in subsection (4), means information that is provided under this Act to the Executive, a suitable person, or a person appointed under section 32(2) and obtained by the first-mentioned person in the course of the performance of a function of the person under this Act;
“relevant record” means any record which will or may assist the Executive to determine an application for State support or a request for refundable State support.