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Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act 1997 (FOI Act) as amended by the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act 2003 obliged government departments, the Health Service Executive (HSE), local authorities and a range of other public bodies to publish information on their activities and to make the information that they held, including personal information, available to citizens.

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 came into effect in October 2014 and repealed the 1997 and 2003 Acts. The 2014 Act introduced a number of changes to the Freedom of Information system and widened the range of bodies to which the FOI legislation applies – it now applies to all public bodies, unless they are specifically exempt. It also allows for the Government to prescribe (or designate) other bodies receiving significant public funds, so that the FOI legislation applies to them also.