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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 gives you the right to access official information to the greatest extent possible, so long as it is in the public interest and does not infringe other people’s right to privacy.

There are simple instructions on how to make a valid request for records or information under the FOI Act to the left. Your request will be acknowledged as soon as possible and a decision on your request will normally be made within four weeks. If you are refused access to records we will explain why.

GSOC is only partially subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2014, in that investigation and case files are not included, for operational and confidentiality reasons.

Schedule 1, Part 1 “Partially included agencies”, says:

Section 6 <which lists the public bodies affected by the Act> does not include a reference to—

(y) the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, insofar as it relates to records concerning an examination or investigation carried out by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission under Part 4 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005;

We are subject to the Act in relation to administrative matters and are happy to receive requests to foi@gsoc.ie

Our FOI Officer is Louise O'Meara.

 


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