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What is Freedom of Information (“FOI”)?

The Freedom of Information Act (2014) was enacted on 14 October, 2014. The Policing Authority (Authority) is an FOI body under that Act.

Under FOI you have a right to:
  • access records held by the Authority;
  • request correction of personal information relating to you held by the Authority where it is inaccurate, incomplete or misleading; and
  • obtain reasons for a decision made by the Authority where the decision affects you.
What records can I ask for under FOI?

You can ask for the following records held by FOI bodies:
  • any records relating to you personally, whenever created;
  • 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, etc.

You do not have to give a reason as to why you want access to particular records, and an FOI body such as the Authority must give you an explanation if it refuses you access to any record that you have requested. A decision on your FOI application must normally be made within 20 working days.

Publication Scheme

In accordance with Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 the Authority has prepared a publication scheme. This provides information about the functions of the Authority and what material it makes publically available.

How to make a request

Information on how to make a request is available here.

Further information

For more comprehensive information on Freedom of Information please visit the FOI Central Policy Unit in the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform website at

Contact Details

Address: FOI Officer, Floor 4, 90 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
Telephone: 01-8589090

Assistance to persons with a disability

We will provide assistance to persons with a disability to exercise their rights under Freedom of Information legislation (e.g. accepting oral requests from requesters who are unable to read, print and/or write due to their disability, enabling the requester to inspect or have records explained to him or her).