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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information legislation was enacted on 21st April 1997. It was applied to local authorities and health boards on 21st October 1998. Since the 2014 Act, it has encompassed more public bodies.

The Freedom of Information legislation establishes three statutory rights:

  • A legal right for each person to access information held by public bodies
  • A legal right for each person to have official information relating to him or her amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading
  • A legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself