Summary of FOI Review Rights

Summary of Review Rights: Freedom of Information Act 2014

You are entitled to a review of the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) response to your Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

The Act gives you the right to seek a review of such decisions and actions where the University decides to:

  • Refuse your FOI request or
  • Exclude all or part of particular records or
  • Give access in a form other than you requested or
  • Charge a fee or deposit for access to records

Decision on an FOI Request:

A final decision on your request will normally be sent to you within four weeks of its receipt. Where it is necessary to seek a charge or to consult with third parties, this deadline is extended appropriately. If you have not received a decision within the allotted time, you are automatically entitled to ask the University for an Internal Review of the matter.

Reasons for Decisions:

If you sought reasons for a decision made by Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), you are also entitled to an internal review of the response to that request.

Internal Review:

If you are unhappy with the decision or response to your FOI request and wish to seek a review, you can do so by writing to:
Freedom of Information Officer,
Information Governance Office,
Technological University Dublin,
5th Floor,
Park House Grangegorman,
191 North Circular Road,
D07 EWV4
or by email to foi@tudublin.ie. A charge of €30 is required and a reduction can be made under special circumstances (refer to fees and charges section).

You should state:

  • The details of your initial request and
  • What decision or action you wish to have reviewed and
  • The reasons why you believe the University’s response has been inadequate

You will normally have four weeks to appeal an FOI decision. The Internal

Review is a full and new consideration of the matter carried out by a more senior member of staff within the University.

External Review:

Where you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the Internal Review you can make a further appeal to the Information Commissioner, who can be contacted as follows:

By email: info@oic.ie or by post:
Office of the Information Commissioner,
6 Earlsfort Terrace,
Dublin 2,
D02 W773
A charge of €50 is required and a reduction can be made under special circumstances (refer to fees section).