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Are there any Fees?

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for a completely new FOI fees regime.

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for a completely new FOI fees regime.  The Ministerial Order establishing the new fees regime is set out in S.I. 531 of 2014. The following is a summary of the new fee structure in respect of non-personal requests:

 

• If the cost of search, retrieval and copying is €100 or less, no charge is applied
• If the charge exceeds €100, full fees apply up to a maximum charge of €500
• If the estimated cost of search, retrieval and copying is more than €700, An Garda Síochána can refuse to process your request, unless you refine your request to bring the search, retrieval and copying fees below this limit.  If this is not possible for you to refine the search and you still wish to proceed with your request then full fees will be charged
• Where the upper limit (€700) is not exceeded, the only charges that may be passed to you are those associated with providing the information, for example photocopying and postage, up to a maximum of €500.  You will be informed if any costs are to be incurred prior to release of the information

List of Fees

Type of Charge

Standard Charge

Search and retrieval of records

€20 per hour

Photocopying

4 cent per sheet

CD-ROM containing copy of documents

€10