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FOI Sections 15 and 16 Reference Manual

The Léargas  FOI Sections 15 and 16 Reference Book - A Guide to the functions, records, rules and practices of Léargas The Exchange Bureau, 31 May 2006 is compiled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Acts 1997, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2003.  All references in this manual to the Freedom of Information Act or Acts refer to the 1997 Act as amended by the 2003 Act.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Acts, effective from 21st April 1998, establish three new statutory rights:

The Acts assert the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.

The reference book has been prepared and published in accordance with the requirements of Sections 15 and 16 of the FOI Acts.

In accordance with Section 15 of the Act, the purpose of this reference book is to facilitate access to official information held by Léargas, by outlining the structure and functions of this organisation, details of the services we provide and how they may be availed of, information on the classes of records we hold, and information on how to make a request to the Department under the Freedom of Information Acts, 1997 and 2003.

Section 16 of the FOI Act requires us to publish a book containing:

You can download a PDF of this manual from the Resources section.