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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into effect on 21 April, 1998 and was amended on 11 April, 2003. The Freedom of Information Acts, 1997 and 2003 give people the right to access records held by Government Departments and certain public bodies which includes the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills.

FOI establishes a number of important legal rights for every person, as follows:

  • The right to access official records created after 21 April, 1998 which are held by Government Departments or other public bodies listed under the Act.
  • The right to have personal information held on them corrected or updated where such information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading; and
  • The right to be given reasons for decisions taken by public bodies that affect them.