Freedom of Information (FOI)
FOI Publication Links
Introduction to Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI Act 2014) enables members of the public to obtain access, to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy, information in the possession of public bodies, and, accordingly, to provide for a right of access to records held by such bodies.
The new FOI Act 2014 is being extended to bring under its remit the following administrative areas of An Garda Síochana from Wednesday, the 14th October 2015:
• Human Resource Management
• Finance & Procurement
The FOI Act provides for the independent review of both the decisions made by An Garda Síochána under the Freedom of Information Act and of the operation of this Act generally.
An Garda Síochána is committed to being open, accountable and transparent regarding the services we provide for and to the public.
Under the FOI Act 2014, An Garda Síochána makes information available through the implementation of two key tools:
1. An Garda Síochána Publication Scheme - includes general information which An Garda Síochána will proactively publish on a regular basis. It also includes a record of all the requests and the responses which are made under FOI. These are contained in our Decision Logs section of the Publication scheme. To find out more about the Publication Scheme, click here.
2. A General Right of Access - is when the information you seek is not contained in our Publication Scheme and you exercise your right under the FOI Act 2014 and make a formal application for information. To find out more about making an application under the FOI Act 2014, click here.
2016 Requests link to the attached pdf.
2015 Requests link to the December 2015 pdf.
Requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and the responses to them will also be regularly published.
The public should be aware that in the interests of State security, under Section 42 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 a number of exemptions apply to An Garda Síochána. Records relating to the following are exempt:
- the Emergency Response Unit (ERU)
- the Secret Service Fund maintained by it
- the Special Detective Unit (SDU)
- the witness protection programme sponsored by it
- the Security and Intelligence Section
- the management and use of covert intelligence operations
- the Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications Messages (Regulation) Act 1993
- the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005
- the Criminal Justice (Surveillance) Act 2009
- the Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011
- a record held by the Criminal Assets Bureau
- a record relating to an inquiry within the meaning of section 42 Garda Síochána Act 2005 other than (a) a record relating to the appointment of a person to conduct an inquiry under section 42 Garda Síochána Act 2005, or (b) a record relating to the expenses or other matters concerning the general administration of an inquiry under that section
To facilitate Freedom of Information requests, a Freedom of Information Office has been established. The Office is headed by Superintendent Helen Deely who is the organisation’s designated Decision Maker.