Freedom of Information (FOI)

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into effect on 21 April 1998 and was enacted on 14 October 2014. Under FOI you have a right to: access records held by a government department or certain public bodies; request correction of personal information relating to you held by a government department or certain public bodies where it is inaccurate, incomplete or misleading; obtain reasons for a decision made by a government department or certain public bodies where the decision affects you

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 (the Act) provides the following statutory rights:

  • the right to access records held by public bodies covered by the Act;
  • the right to have personal information in a record amended, where such information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading;
  • the right to obtain reasons for decisions taken by public bodies affecting the person.

These rights mean that from 21 April 1998, people can seek access to personal information held about them, no matter when the information was created, and to other records containing non-personal information created after 21 April 1998.  If you would like to know more about Freedom of Information (FOI) or to make an FOI request, click here.

Section 8 of the Act requires the Charities Regulator to prepare and publish a scheme concerning the publication of information by our organisation.  Our scheme has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.