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Friday 22 August 2014

Fee for Freedom of Information requests to be scrapped

Fionnan Sheahan

Published 01/07/2014 | 13:52

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Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin.

The €15 fee for Freedom of Information requests will be abolished under reforms being brought in by Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin.

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The changes will be introduced in the context of the enactment of the FOI Bill, 2013, Mr Howlin said.

 “Over the last number of months I have concluded that Ireland’s fees regime for FOI required a radical overhaul.

“The €15 application fee will be abolished for all FOI requests and the Search, Retrieval and Copying fees will only apply where the preparation time for a request exceeds 5 hours. In other words, the vast majority of FOI requests will now be free of charge,” he said.

“The FOI fees measures which I am putting in place restore the balance in relation to FOI fees envisaged in that path-breaking legislation. These reforms will allow our citizens access to information on a level par with best practice across the OECD. After all, information and data are the currencies of the new age,” he added.

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