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How do I make a request under FOI?

You do not have to give a reason as to why you want to see any record, but to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for it is asked that you be as specific as possible with your request.

An Garda Síochána will provide you with an explanation if you are not given what you ask for. A decision on your application must normally be made within 4 weeks. A “week” is defined by the FOI Act as a period of 5 consecutive week-days and, in determining such a period, a Saturday or a public holiday (within the meaning of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997) shall be disregarded. However this time limit can be extended by a further 4 weeks in circumstances where the request is voluminous in nature.

All our responses will be published in our decision log section of our publication scheme to make them available to everyone so check it out. If you want information under Freedom of Information about a certain topic you can also use the search engine above.

Under the Act, An Garda Síochána makes information available through the implementation of two key tools:

    (i) A Publication Scheme

    (ii) And a general right of access to request information.

If you do not find the information you are looking for in our publication scheme, you can make a request for information in two ways;

    (i) Send your request by email to:



     (ii) Send your request in writing to:

        The Freedom of Information Officer
        Athlumney House
        IDA Business Park
        Co Meath.

Tel: +353 46 9036350

Click here to download online application form in English.
click here to download online application form in Irish. 
A response will be given no later than 4 weeks upon receipt of request.

If you require any help the staff in the FOI Unit will be happy to assist you in the formulation of your request. You can contact the FOI Office at:

Athlumney House
IDA Business Park
Co Meath.

Tel: +353 46 9036350

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 is intended to create better public understanding of:

      • How we carry out our duties

      • How we make decisions

      • How we spend public money.

Your request should include the following:

      • A statement that the request is being made under the FOI Act;

      • As much information as possible about the records being sought;

      • In what format you wish to receive any records released (e.g. photocopies)