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Freedom of Information

The provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Acts have applied to the Ireland Wales Programme since 31st May 2006. The Acts establish three statutory rights:

  1.  A right for each person to access information held by public bodies
  2.  A right for each person to have official information relating to himself/herself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading  
  3.  A right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself.

The Acts assert the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.

Routinely Available Information

The Ireland Wales Programme routinely makes information available to the public on its functions and activities. General information is available on this website.

The FOI Acts allow public access to information held by the Ireland Wales Programme which is not routinely available through other sources. Access to information under the Acts is subject to certain exemptions and involves specific procedures and time limits.

How to Obtain Information under the FOI Acts

All applications under the FOI Acts should be addressed to:

Queries addresses to Mrs Orla Kelly, Staff Officer, Southern Regional Assembly

How to Apply for Information

In order for a request for information/records to comply with the requirements of the FOI Acts and to enable the request to be dealt with as efficiently as possible:

  • Your application should be in writing.
  • Your application should also indicate that the information is sought under the Freedom of Information Acts
  • You should indicate if information is required in a particular form, e.g. photocopy, computer disk, etc
  • You should give as much detail as possible to enable us to identify the record/s. If you have difficulty in identifying the precise records we will be happy to assist you in preparing your request;
  • You may be required to prove your identity, especially when requesting personal information you may, therefore, be asked to produce your passport, driving licence or other form of identification
  • You should include a daytime telephone number so that you can be contacted if it is necessary to clarify details of your request  
  •  You should pay the prescribed fee by cheque or bank draft made payable to the Ireland Wales Programme

We are obliged to respond to your request within four weeks.