Freedom of Information
What is Freedom of Information?
The Freedom of Information Act 2014 gives you the right to access records held by the FOI body.
If you have not been provided with the information you have requested, the FOI body must give you an explanation, and this must normally be made within 4 weeks (20 working days). There may be certain conditions when the deadline can be extended for a further 4 weeks.
What Record can I Request?
You can Request for any of the following.
- Personal Information
- All other Non Personal records created after the effective date
Do I have to pay for obtaining information under FOI?
There is no charge for personal information unless there is a significant number of records. In the case of requests which relate to non-personal information there are charges are applied for search retrieval and copying. The relevant section of the Act here is Section 27(2) and these fees relate to:
(a) Determining whether it holds the information requested;
(b) Locating the information or documents containing the information
(c) Retrieving such information or documents
(d) Extracting the information from the files, documents, electronic or other information sources
containing both it and other material not relevant to the request, and
(e) Preparing a schedule specifying the records for consideration for release.
In relation to the search, retrieval and copying charges there is a minimum threshold of €101 below which no search, retrieval and copying charges can be charged. Once the charge reaches the €101 full fees apply. There is a cap on the amount that can be charged and this is set at €500. These is also a further upper ceiling limit on estimated search, retrieval and copying fees set at €700 above which a body can refuse to process a request unless the requester is prepared to refine the request below the limit.
There are also fees which apply for an internal review under Section 22, this is €30 and €10 for medical card holders and their dependants. The fee for appeals to the Office of the Information Commissioner is €50 and €15 for medical card holders and their dependants.
Can I ask for a review or appeal a decision that has been made under the FOI Act 2014?
Yes. If you are not satisfied with the decision made by the FOI Body, you can seek an internal review of the decision which is a complete and new review of your request by someone more senior. The name of the internal reviewer will be provided on the Final Decision letter to the requester. If following this you are still not satisfied you can appeal this decision to the Office of the Information Commissioner.
Are there other ways of obtaining my own Personal Information if I did not wish to make a request under the FOI Act 2014?
Yes. Personal Information can also be obtained under Routine Access or under the Data Protection Act 2014 (providing I.D is provided for verification purposes).
Under Irish Freedom of Information Legislation, every person has the following legal rights:
- the right to access official records held by public bodies prescribed under the Act;
- the right to have personal information held on them corrected or updated where such information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading; and
- the right to be given reasons for decisions taken by public bodies that affect them.
If you would like to apply for one or more of these rights in relation to information that may be held by Beaumont Hospital, please click here for details of How to Make a Freedom of Information Request.
Beaumont Hospital is presently publishing a Publication Scheme and will provide further information to assist the Public in obtaining information. This will be set up and live on the Beaumont Hospital website from 14.04.16 and will be a work in progress, and updated as documents become available.
Contacts for any information regarding any FOI Request
FOI Officer, Tel 01-8092866 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For other forms of access to information for a requester’s own personal information the following contact can be used:
Routine Access/Data Protection : Tel 8092873 or E-mail: email@example.com
How to make a request under the FOI Act 2014
Other routines for accessing personal information
How to make a request under Routine Access
How to make a request under the Data Protection Act 2003
FOI Publication Scheme
FOI Publication Scheme