Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 (the “2014 Act”) as passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas was signed into law on Tuesday 14th October, 2014. The Act has effect on and from this date.

What is Freedom of Information?
The Freedom of Information Act 2014 gives you the right to access records held by this Institute and all FOI bodies. The Institute must give you an explanation if you are not given what you asked for and the decision must normally be made within 4 weeks.

Although the Freedom of Information Act 1997 has been replaced by the 2014 Act, under transitional provisions, any action commenced before 14th October 2014 shall continue to be dealt with until the 1997 Act.
The main objectives of the Act are to foster and develop a culture of openness, transparency and accountability in public bodies. The Act is designed to allow public access to information held by public bodies which is NOT normally available through other sources. Access to information under the Act is subject to certain exemptions and involves specific procedures and time limits.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 establishes three key rights:

  • Right of any member of the public to access to records;
  • Right of any member of the public to amend records containing personal information;
  • Right of interested parties to reasons for decisions.

In general, members of the public are entitled to obtain official information from the Institute provided it does not conflict with the public interest and the right of privacy of individuals.
Requests for information must be submitted in writing to the Freedom of Information Office.

What can I ask for?
You can ask for any of the following.

  • Any records relating to you personally, whenever created
  • All other records created after the effective date
  • Synergy Centre at ITT Dublin
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  • Member of the Technological University for Dublin Alliance
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