FOI Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act?

The Freedom of Information Act is designed to give the public the right of access to records held by public bodies, to the greatest extent possible that is consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy. The Act lays out a formal requesting process, as well as emphasising that public bodies should be open and accountable as a matter of principle.

How can I access information about TETB without making a Freedom of Information Request?

A large amount of information about TETB and its functions is publicly available without the need to make a Freedom of Information request. Those seeking information should, in the first instance, consult TETB’s FOI Publication Scheme , or contact our Corporate Services Department in Nenagh ( / 067-31250).You may also make direct contact with staff in relevant departments – contact details can be found here.

How can I make a Freedom of Information Request?

Please click here for full details of How to make a Freedom of Information Request to Tipperary ETB.

Will I be charged for making a Freedom of Information Request?

Please see legislation for full details of fees and charges that apply.

Can I appeal a decision made on my Freedom of Information Request?

Yes. Under the Act, the person who has requested the information has the right to appeal an FOI body’s decision- firstly to a more senior staff member within the FOI body then the staff member who made the original decision (referred to as an Internal Reviewer), and then to the Office of the Information Commissioner if the decision is still not satisfactory. The Information Commissioner’s decision in this instance is binding.