What is FOI?

The FOI Act 2014 provides that every person has the following legal rights:

  • the right to access official records held by all public bodies that conform to the provisions of Section 6 of the Act;
  • the right to have personal information held on them corrected or updated where such      information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading; and
  • the right to be given reasons for decisions taken by public bodies that affect them.

These rights mean that from a certain date (21 October 1999 for St. James’s Hospital), members of the public can seek access to personal information held on them no matter when the information was created, and to non-personal records created since 21 October 1999.