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Freedom of Information Frequently Asked Questions

What is Freedom of Information?

Can you appeal against Kildare County Council's decision regarding what records you can get under the Freedom of Information Act?

How do you apply to get records from Kildare County Council under the Freedom of Information Act?

Will there be a charge in getting Freedom of Information records from Kildare County Council?

Where can you get more information regarding Kildare County Council and the Freedom of Information Act?

What Kildare County Council records can you ask for under the Freedom of Information Act?


What is Freedom of Information?

The Freedom of Information Act came into effect for local authorities on 21st October 1998. This Act gives you the right to access records held by Kildare County Council. If you are refused access to records the council must give you an explanation. A decision on your request will normally be made within four weeks. All requests must be in writing.

Can you appeal against Kildare County Council's decision regarding what records you can get under the Freedom of Information Act?

Yes. If you are not satisfied with a decision, you may ask Kildare County Council for an internal review of a decision. This will be conducted by a more senior officer, and will normally be completed within three weeks. Applications for internal reviews relating to non-personal records cost €30.00 (There is a reduced fee of €10.00 for medical card holders.)

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How do you apply to get records from Kildare County Council under the Freedom of Information Act?

Fill in an application form or write a letter stating what records you are seeking and that you are seeking access under the Freedom of Information Acts. Send it to the address printed below. Kildare County Council, Freedom of Information Liaison Officer, Aras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas. Telephone: 045-980384, Email: foi@kildarecoco.ie.

Will there be a charge in getting Freedom of Information records from Kildare County Council?

There is no fee for requests for access to records. However, in some circumstances you may be charged a fee for the “search and retrieval” of records (€20 per hour) and the cost of photocopying documents (4c per page). 

Where can you get more information regarding Kildare County Council and the Freedom of Information Act?

Kildare County Council will be publishing a publication scheme in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2014 on or before 14th April 2016. A copy of the scheme will be available on our website and in hard copy. The Freedom of Information Act 2014 is available for purchase from the Government Publications Sales Office or for viewing or printing from the Irish Statute Book at www.irishstatutebook.ie.

What Kildare County Council records can you ask for under the Freedom of Information Act?

You can ask for the following records held by Kildare County Council: Any records relating to you personally, regardless of when they were created. All other records created after 21 October 1998.

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