The Freedom of Information (FOI) Acts establish three statutory rights for each person:
to access information held by public bodies
to have official information relating to oneself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading
to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself
The Acts assert the right of members of the public to access official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.
Southern Regional Assembly Freedom of Information Publication Scheme
The Scheme provides information to assist members of the public in their understanding of the body and its functions. It publishes the information it holds grouped together under information headings, and explains the procedures to get acess to information or to establish what information the body holds
Before you decide to make a request for information under FOI, please explore our website or our FOI Publication Scheme as the information you are seeking may already be available. If you are unable to source the information your require from our website, you may apply to obtain the information under the FOI Acts.
How to make an application for information under FOI
All applications under the FOI Acts should be addressed to:
FOI Officer, Southern Regional Assembly, Assembly House, O'Connell Street, Waterford
Telephone: + 353 (0) 51 860700
For a request for information to comply with the requirements of the FOI Acts and to enable the request to be dealt with as efficiently as possible, please consider the following:
Your application should be in writing and indicate that the information is sought under the Freedom of Information Acts
Specify if the information is required in a particular form, e.g. hardcopy, email etc.
Give as much detail as possible to enable us to identify the record/s. If you have difficulty in identifying the precise records we will be happy to assist
You may be required to prove your identity, especially when requesting personal information, such as your passport, driving licence or other form of identification
Include a contact telephone number so that we can contact you if details of your request require clarification
Pay the prescribed fee by cheque or bank draft, payable to the Southern Regional Assembly
We are obliged to respond to your request within four weeks.