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Freedom of Information

The National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) became subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1997 with effect from 31st May 2006.

The Freedom of Information Act established three new 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/herself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading
  • A legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself

The Act asserts the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.

 

Duty of the NEWB

Information about the activities of the NEWB covered by the Freedom of Information Act are contained in the organisation’s Section 15 and 16 Freedom of Information Manual. A hard copy of this document is also available by contacting:

Freedom of Information Officer
The National Educational Welfare Board
16 – 22 Green Street
Dublin 7
Telehone; 01 8738735
Email:foi@newb.ie

Requests for information

You can ask for the following records held by NEWB:

  • any records relating to you personally, whenever they were created
  • all other records created after 21 April, 1998

Rates

Charges are  applied by the NEWB for the time spent finding records and for any photocopying costs incurred by them in providing you with the material requested. It is very unlikely that any fees will be charged in respect of personal records, except where a large number of records are involved. Section 47 of the Freedom of Information Act provides for fees. The current rates are:

Type of Request or Application

Standard Fee*

Reduced Fee**

Initial request under Section 7 of the Act

15 euro

10 euro

Internal Appeal under Section 7 of the Act

75 euro

25 euro

Appeal to Information Commissioner under Section 7

150 euro

50 euro

Request for personal information under Section 7

Free

Free

Application for amendment containing incorrect information

Free

Free

Application for reasons for a decision affecting individual

Free

Free

* There are no fees where you appeal a decision to charge a fee or deposit, or a fee or deposit of an amount under Section 47 of the Act.

** Reduced fees will apply in respect of third parties who appeal a dedision to release their information on public interest grounds.

 

How to apply

It is important to note that it may not be necessary to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act from the NEWB. A considerable amount of material is already made available to the public on our website through information leaflets, publications and in response to oral and written enquiries.

If you wish to make an FOI request to NEWB under the legislation:

  • Send us a written statement of your request (download application form)
  • Specify that it is a request under the FOI Act,
  • Send your request to:

Freedom of Information Officer
The National Educational Welfare Board
16 – 22 Green Street
Dublin 7
Telehone; 01 8738735
Email: foi@newb.ie

 

FOI Review Procedures:

If you are not satisfied with the response of  NEWB to any aspect of your request for information, (i.e., refusal of information, form of access, charges) or you have not received a reply within 4 weeks of your initial application, this is deemed a refusal of your request and you can seek to have the decision re-examined by more senior members of staff within the public body. The internal review of an FOI decision must be made within 3 weeks. Applications for review of a decision should be addressed  to:

Freedom of Information Officer
The National Educational Welfare Board
16 – 22 Green Street
Dublin 7
Telehone; 01 8738735
Email: foi@newb.ie

If you are still unhappy with the decision, you have the right to appeal the decision to the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner investigates complaints of non-compliance with Irish FOI legislation and generally promotes a freedom of information culture in the Irish public service. FOI requests should be addressed to the FOI Unit of the public body or office holding the records.

Information on the FOI Act in Ireland is available from:

FOI Central Policy Unit,
Dept. of Finance,
73-79 Lwr. Mount Street,
Dublin 2.
Tel: (01) 6045461
Fax: (01) 6045499

Application to review a decision should be addressed to the FOI Unit of the public body or office that made the decision.

Further appeals should be addressed to:

Office of the Information Commissioner,
18 Lower Leeson Street,
Dublin 2.
Telephone (01) 6785222
Fax: (01) 6610570
E-mail: foi@oic.gov.ie

 

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