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
Records you can access
You can ask for the following records held by a department or certain bodies:
1. Any records relating to you personally, whenever created.
Please note that all requests for personal information whether submitted by an individual or a solicitor on their behalf must be accompanied by the following:
on behalf of an individual – consent of the individual and photographic identification to be one of the following – a current passport, a current drivers licence or a current public services card
individual seeking their own personal records – a current passport, a current drivers licence or a current public services card
2. All other records created after 21 April 1998.
A ‘record’ can be a paper document, information held on computer, printouts, maps, plans, microfilm, microfiche, audio-visual material, and so on.
You do not have to give a reason as to why you want access to particular records, and the government department or body concerned must give you an explanation if it refuses you access to any record that you have looked for. A decision on your FOI application must normally be made within 20 working days.
FOI Publication Scheme
Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 requires the department to prepare and publish a scheme concerning the publication of information by the department.
This scheme has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines
provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
Read more on Access to Information on the Environment (AIE),
general information on the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations, which includes background information on the legislation, how to make an AIE application, contact details and fees.
All requests under the FOI Acts should be addressed to:
Louise Keane, Freedom of Information Co-Ordination Officer
Department of Justice, 51 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, D02 HK52
The information and personal data you submit in making your request will be used for the purposes of processing your FOI request and will be retained for a period, which allows any (Internal/OIC) appeal to be made. The record of your request will be retained for reference and statistical purposes. We will treat all personal data and information you submit as confidential in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.
The full text of the department's Privacy Notice can be found at: