The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 was enacted on 14th October 2014. The FOI Act 2014 applies to the City of Dublin Education Training Board as and from 14th April 2015.
Under the FOI Act 2014 you have a right to:
These rights are subject to certain exemptions which are set out in the Freedom of Information Act 2014.
SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), operating as a business unit of the City of Dublin Education Training Board, is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. The City of Dublin Education Training Board derives its authority to administer the annual Student Grant Scheme from a 2012 Designation Order by the Minister for Education and Skills and operates under a Management Framework Agreement in place with the Department of Education and Skills.
If you wish to make a Freedom of Information request regarding records pertaining to SUSI, the request must be submitted in writing as follows:
By post to: Freedom of Information Officer, City of Dublin ETB, Town Hall, 1-3 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your request should include the following:
Further information on making an FOI to CDETB is available on the CDETB website – http://cityofdublin.etb.ie/freedom-of-information/ .
If you are not satisfied with the decision made you can seek an internal review of the decision, which is a complete and new review of your request. This review will be conducted by someone in the organisation more senior than the original decision maker.
If following this you are still not satisfied, you can appeal this decision to the Office of the Information Commissioner.
There is no fee for making an initial application under FOI. However, In the case of requests which relate to non-personal information, there may be a fee charged for search, retrieval and copying. In relation to the search, retrieval and copying charges there is a minimum threshold of €101 below which no search, retrieval and copying charges can be charged. There is a cap on the amount that can be charged and this is set at €500
The fee for an internal review is €30 and €10 for medical card holders and their dependents. The fee for appeals to the Office of the Information Commissioner is €50 and €15 for medical card holders and their dependents.
Any official information held by public bodies can be sought under the Act. However, in order to allow Government business to be properly conducted, it will sometimes be necessary to exempt from release certain types of information in some circumstances. These are set out in the Act. Among the key exemptions are records relating to:
For more comprehensive information on Freedom of Information including the text of the FOI Act, please visit the FOI Central Policy Unit website at www.foi.gov.ie.