The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 came into effect on 14th October 2014 and applies to Education and Training Boards with effect from 14th April, 2015.
The Freedom of Information Acts assert 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.
The 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 himself or herself amended when it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading; and
- A legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself.
The Freedom of Information Act 2014 requires FOI bodies to prepare and publish a scheme concerning the publication of information that allows for the publication or giving of records outside of FOI.
Under the Freedom of Information Acts, everyone is entitled to apply for access to information not otherwise publicly available. You have a right to request;
- Access to records held by Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board;
- Correction of personal information held by Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board concerning yourself wherever it is inaccurate, incomplete or misleading;
- Access to reasons for decisions made by Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board directly affecting you.
The following categories of records come within the scope of the Acts:
- All records relating to personal information held by the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board irrespective of when created;
- All other records created after 21st April 2008.