Freedom of Information
Requests for information
You can ask for the following records:
- Any records relating to you personally whenever they were created
- Non Personal Information created after 21st October 1998
- A record can be a paper document or information held on computer. It includes, for example, printouts, maps, plans, microfilm, audio-visual material, disks and tapes.
- Section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for fees and charges. The current fees are:
|Type of request or application||Standard Fee||Internal Review||Appeals to Information Commissioner|
|Request for records||Free||€30||€50|
|Request for non-personal records by medical card holder or dependant of medical card holder (please supply Medical Card Details* with your request)||Free||€10||€15|
|Amendment of Records (Section 9 of the FOI Act)||Free||Free||Free|
|Statement of Reasons (Section 10 of the FOI Act)||Free||Free||Free|
|Appeal of decision to charge a fee||Free||Free||Free|
|Third Parties appealing a decision of a public body to release their information on public interest grounds||Free||Free||€50|
Charges for search, retrieval and copying of records
In line with Section 27 of the Act, charges may be applied by Sligo County Council for the time spent finding and retrieving records, and for any photocopying costs incurred in providing material requested. No fees apply where the request involves access to your personal records, except where a large number of records are involved.
If the cost of search, retrieval and copying is €100 or less, no charge is applied. If the charge exceeds €101, full fees apply. There is a cap on the amount of search, retrieval and copying fees at that can be charged of €500.
If the estimated cost of search, retrieval and copying is more than €700 the body can refuse to process your request, unless you refine your request to bring the search, retrieval and copying fees below this limit.
Type of Charge
- Search and retrieval of records €20 per hour
- Photocopying €0.04 cent per sheet
- CD-ROM containing copy of records €10
How to Request Information using Freedom of Information
Requests must be made in writing and delivered by hand, post, email or fax. Requests should contain sufficient information to enable us identify the records in question. They should all specify the format in which access to records is sought, for example photocopy of records, viewing of file, email, etc. All requests should be addressed to:
Freedom of Information Office,
Sligo County Council,
Phone: 071 911 1301
Fax: 071 914 1119
If you are dissatisfied with our decision An application to review a decision should be addressed to the stated senior member of staff (decision maker) as outlined in the acknowledgement letter you will be receive.
Appeals to the Information Commissioner:
The Office of the Information Commissioner is an independent office with powers to review decision made by public bodies. If you are dissatisfied with our review decision you may appeal this decision. These appeals should be addressed to:
Office of the Information Commissioner
18 Lower Leeson Street
Phone: 01 6395689