Mason Hayes & Curran Launches Revised Freedom of Information Sourcebook
12 September 2016
Our Public & Administrative Law team has launched its revised Freedom of Information Sourcebook, the most comprehensive annotated guide to the FOI Act available. This is the first revision of the Sourcebook since the new Freedom of Information Act came into operation in 2014.
The introduction of the new Act marked a new era in FOI in Ireland. It contains significant amendments and additions to the previous FOI regime, including a widening of FOI to apply to all public bodies unless specifically excluded, and an ability to extend FOI by order to particular non-public bodies in receipt of significant public funding.
Our Sourcebook continues to be a unique offering in the Irish FOI field. Individual provisions of the Act are annotated with references to all relevant secondary legislation, the code, guidance and notices issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and a complete listing of all Superior Court decisions relevant to the provision concerned.
Speaking at the launch, Catherine Allen, Public & Administrative Law Partner with Mason Hayes & Curran, said: “These are challenging times for FOI practitioners. With a 38% increase in FOI requests made to public bodies in 2015 and the Office of the Information Commissioner increasingly focusing on those bodies that do not issue timely decisions, a reference guide such as our sourcebook is an indispensable resource for anyone working in the FOI field”.
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