Freedom of Information and Data Protection
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Acts are designed to allow public access to information held by public bodies 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. The Acts require each public body to produce references manuals setting out the structure of the organisation, the services provided and the arrangements in place for providing access to information (commonly known as Section 15 manuals). In addition a manual setting out rules, guidelines and practices used in decision-making must be provided (known as Section 16 manuals). The combined section 15 and 16 manual for the National Library of Ireland is available for download here (please note that the manual is currently in the process of being updated to reflect organizational changes within the Library):
FOI Requests to the National Library of Ireland must be made in writing and addressed to Mr Gordon Farrell, FOI Co-ordinator, National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The request must state clearly that the request is made under the FOI Acts, specify the manner of access sought i.e. copy of record or opportunity to view record, and the request must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.
Further information on the Freedom of Information Acts is available on the Department of Finance dedicated FOI website or on the website of the Information Commissioner.
For information on Data Protection, and on making requests under the Data Protection Acts, please download the following document: