Grangegorman Development Agency Act 2005

Prohibition on unauthorised disclosure of confidential information.


31.—(1) Save as otherwise provided by law, a person shall not, without the consent of the Agency, disclose confidential information obtained by him or her while performing, or as a result of having performed, duties as—

( a) the chairperson of the Agency,

( b) the chief executive,

( c) an ordinary member of the Agency,

( d) a member of a committee,

( e) a member of staff of the Agency, or

( f) a consultant or adviser or an employee of such person engaged by the Agency under section 37 , unless he or she is duly authorised to do so.

(2) A person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €3,000.

(3) Nothing in subsection (1) shall prohibit the disclosure of information by means of a report made—

( a) to the Agency, or

( b) by or on behalf of the Agency to the Minister.

(4) In this section “confidential information” includes—

( a) information that is expressed by the Agency or a committee, as the case may be, to be confidential either as regards particular information or as regards information of a particular class or description,

( b) commercial information in relation to contractors, consultants, providers of finance, or any other person, and

( c) proposals of a commercial nature or tenders submitted to the Agency by contractors, consultants, or any other person.