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Shaoráil Faisnéise

**Awaiting Irish translation -sent 4th April**

Introduction to Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI Act) enables members of the public to obtain access, to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy, information in the possession of public bodies and accordingly, to provide for a right of access to records held by such bodies. An Garda Síochána became subject to the FOI Act on 14th October 2015, as a partially included agency “insofar as it relates to administrative records relating to human resources, or finance or procurement matters”. This means that only requests for records concerning human resources, finance or procurement can be considered and are also subject to the exemptions provided by the FOI Act.

An Garda Síochána has published a Code of Practice for Freedom of Information requests which can be viewed here.

In keeping with FOI Act, An Garda Síochána provides information about the organisation and its activities via the Publication Scheme and also provides access to the decisions made on requests for non personal information through our Decision Log. The website also provides information about the organisation not included by the FOI Act.

If you are considering submitting a request for information it may be useful to review these sections as the information you require may already be available.

When making your request, you should state that you are making your request under the FOI Act. Your request should also be as specific as possible to assist us in identifying the related records and, if possible, indicate a time-frame which applies to your request (e.g. all of 2015, January 2016 to July 2016). The FOI Act only applies to records created from 21st April, 2008. 

Please also indicate whether you seek records for Human Resources, Finance, or Procurement.

You may find it useful to use the standard FOI Application form available in English or Irish.

Requests can be sent to

Freedom of Information Office, An Garda Síochána, Athlumney House, IDA Business Park, Johnstown, Navan, Co Meath, C15 DR90

Or by Email to: foi@garda.ie

If your require any further information or assistance in making a request you can contact us at the email address above or by telephone at +353 46 9036350