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Freedom of information

Welcome to the Freedom of Information Unit of Léargas, the Exchange Bureau. With effect from 31 May 2006, Léargas is an agency covered under the Freedom of Information Act.

Applications under the FOI Act

The FOI Act 2014 provides that every person has the following legal rights:

These rights mean that from a certain date (31 May 2006 in respect of Léargas), people can seek access to personal information held on them no matter when the information was created, and to other records created after 31 May 2006.

Which records?
The following records come within the scope of the FOI Acts:

However, in order to allow Government business to be properly conducted, it will sometimes be necessary to exempt from release certain types of information in some circumstances. These are set out in the Act. Among the key exemptions are records relating to:

Requests may also be refused if they are deemed too voluminous or unclear but Léargas is obliged to assist the requester in trying to overcome this.

Is there a charge?

There is no charge for submitting a request. In respect of non-personal requests, other charges may be applied for the time spent finding records and for any reproduction costs incurred by Léargas in providing you with the material requested (search, retrieval and copying charges). Where the cost of search, retrieval and copying is less than €101, no fee is charged.  Where the cost of search, retrieval and copying is greater than €500 but less than €700, a maximum charge of €500 applies.  Where the cost of search, retrieval and copying is greater than €700, the body can refuse to process the request.   Details of actual charges relating to your request will be notified to you in writing.  Payment should be made by way of Electronic Funds Transfer. Please contact the FOI Unit for bank details.  A list of relevant fees is set out below:

List of Fees

How to make a request:

We are normally obliged to provide a decision on a request within four weeks of receiving it. 

If you wish to send a request you can do so either in writing or by email, to 

Fionnuala Broughan, 
FOI Officer,
Fitzwilliam Court,
Leeson Close,
Dublin 2

Tel. (01) 873 1220

email: (please replace _at_ with the @ symbol)

Your request should include the following:

  • A statement that the request is being made under the FOI Act;
  • As much information as possible about the records being sought;
  • In what format you wish to receive any records released (e.g. photocopies)

Alternatively, you may download the application form which is in Appendix 2 of the FOI Reference Manual, which you can access here

A response will be given no later than four weeks upon receipt of Request.


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