Freedom of information
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into effect on 21 April, 1998. The Freedom of Information Act 2014 was enacted on 14 October, 2014.
Under FOI you have a right to:
- Access records held by a Government Department or certain public bodies
- Request correction of personal information relating to you held by a Government Department or certain public bodies where it is inaccurate, incomplete or misleading
- Obtain reasons for a decision made by a Government Department or certain public bodies where the decision affects you
You can ask for the following records held by a Department or certain bodies:
- any records relating to you personally, whenever created
- all other records created after 21 April, 1998
A 'record' can be a paper document, information held on computer, printouts, maps, plans, microfilm, microfiche, audio-visual material, etc.
You do not have to give a reason as to why you want access to particular records, and the Government department or body concerned must give you an explanation if it refuses you access to any record that you have looked for. A decision on your FOI application must normally be made within 20 working days.
If you have a specific question on making an FOI request to this Department, please visit our Freedom of Information FAQ.
FOI publication scheme
Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 requires the Department to prepare and publish a scheme concerning the publication of information by the Department. This scheme has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
Make an FOI request
Request freedom of information for the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service via the Department of Justice and Equality.
Freedom of Information (FOI) Unit
Department of Justice and Equality
51 St Stephen's Green
Telephone: 01 602 8202 ext. 8408 or 8417
LoCall: 1890 221 227 ext. 8408 or 8417
Fax: 01 676 1837
(Note: Rates for LoCall 1890 may increase from a mobile phone.)