Free as in FOI

The Information Commissioner, Emily O’Reilly, has issued some suggested amendments to the Freedom of Information Acts.

In particular, I am happy to see the recommendation that:

The Act should provide for a refund of the ‘internal review’ fee or application fee paid to the Information Commissioner, as appropriate, where the original decision of the public body is successfully appealed at ‘internal review’ or appeal to the Information Commissioner.

The current fees are €75 and €150 for internal and external appeals – unnecessarily high in the first place, but offensively so when it is a successful appeal!

It’s a short document, without too much jargon. Well worth reading, and hopefully food for thought for the next Government….

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