In 2014 a new Freedom of Information Act  replaced the previous 1997 and 2003 acts.  The Freedom of Information Act 2014 establishes a number of important legal rights for those seeking access to official information.

Statutory rights under the FOI Act:

  • A legal right for each person to access information held by public bodies, other bodies in receipt of funding from the State and certain other bodies;
  • A legal right for each person to have official personal information relating to him/herself to be corrected;
  • A legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself;
  • A legal right to an independent review of decisions made by and FOI in relation to an individual FOI request

The FOI Act is designed to allow public access to information held by the BAI which is NOT routinely available through other sources. Access to information under FOI is subject to certain exemptions and involves specific procedures and time limits.

In accordance with the new FOI act 2014, a new publication scheme will be implemented by the BAI in 2015. In the interim and in order to assist members of the public, the BAI has prepared a temporary FOI Reference Booklet which can be downloaded.


Applications should be made in writing and should indicate that the information is sought under Freedom of Information legislation. You are welcome to contact the BAI Freedom of Information office with any queries.

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