THE Information Commissioner believes freedom of information requests should be made freely available if fees are a restriction.
Emily O'Reilly has addressed a conference at the University of Limerick (UL), which examined the impact of 15 years of the Freedom of Information Act.
Last week, a Dail committee heard that fees for access to data under freedom of information should be abolished.
Speaking in Limerick, Ms O'Reilly said the current charge of accessing information did not cover the costs of making it available. "I think if the fees present a barrier then we shouldn't have fees.
"I know there is a cost obviously, but the fees that are there go nowhere towards paying those costs anyway," Ms O'Reilly added.