Freedom of Information Act, 1997

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CitationIR No. 13/1997


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

revisedacts@lawreform.ie.


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Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked.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...

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