The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 provides that every person has the following legal rights:

  • The right to access official records held by Government Departments and all public bodies that conform to the provisions of Section 6 of the Act;
  • The right to have personal information held on them corrected or updated where such information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading; and
  • The right to be given reasons for decisions taken by public bodies that affect them.

These rights allow people to seek access to personal information held concerning themselves, no matter when the information was created, and to other records created after 21 April, 1998.

Routinely Available Information

The FOI Act is designed to facilitate access to information held by public bodies that is not routinely available. The NTA makes a wide variety of information routinely available to the public in relation to its functions, activities and schemes.

Exemptions

The FOI Act asserts the right of every person to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible.  However, to allow for the proper conduct of Government business, including taking into account the interests of third parties dealing with the Government, the Act provides that in some circumstances certain types of information do not have to be released, including records of:

  • Government meetings;
  • Law enforcement and security;
  • Confidential and commercially sensitive information; and
  • Matters included in certain enactments for which non-disclosure of records is permitted.

Publication Scheme

The NTA has prepared a Publication Scheme in accordance with Section 8 of the Act. The Scheme provides comprehensive information in relation to the roles, functions and types of records and information the NTA hold.

Making an FOI Request

Requests should be submitted in writing to:

FOI Unit
National Transport Authority
Dún Scéine
Harcourt Lane
Dublin 2
D02 WT20

Email: foi@nationaltransport.ie
Tel: 01 – 879 8300

FOI Application Form English

FOI Application Form Irish

FOI Officer, Dermot O’Gara, can be contacted by telephone at 01 879 8300 or on foi@nationaltransport.ie

You should clearly indicate that the request is being made under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Please be as specific as possible when detailing your request to enable NTA staff to process your application.

In accordance with the provisions of the Act, FOI requests are normally responded to within 4 weeks of receipt.

Charges

Section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for fees and charges. No fees apply where the request involves access to your personal records.

The current fees for non-personal requests are:

Type of request or application

Standard fee*

Reduced fee**

Initial request for a record

Free

Free

Internal review

€30

€10

Review by Information Commissioner

€50

€15

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 a specific amount.

** Reduced fees apply in respect of medical card holders and their dependents. They also apply in respect of third parties who appeal a decision to release their information on public interest grounds

Charges for search, retrieval and copying of records

The body may apply charges for the time spent finding and retrieving records, and for any copying costs incurred by it in providing you with the material requested. It is very unlikely that any charges will be applied in respect of personal records, except where a large number of records are involved.

If the cost of search, retrieval and copying is €100 or less, no charge applies. If the charge exceeds €100, full fees apply, but you cannot be charged more than €500.

If the estimated cost of search, retrieval and copying is more than €700, the FOI body can refuse to process your request, unless you revise your request to bring the search, retrieval and copying fees below this limit.

 

Type of charge

Standard charge

Search and retrieval of records

€20 per hour

Photocopying

4 cent per sheet

CD-ROM containing copy of documents

€10

Radiograph (X-ray) containing copy documents

€6

 

There is an explanation of the fees on foi.gov.ie.

Internal Review

You may appeal a decision issued by the NTA in response to an FOI request by using the same contact details as above.

A fee of €30 (€10 for medical card holders) applies to this type of appeal. There is no fee for Internal Review applications concerning only personal information relating to oneself or in relation to a decision to impose a fee or deposit.

A request for an internal review should normally be made within 4 weeks from the date of our response (late appeals may be permitted in certain circumstances). The internal review process involves a complete reconsideration of the matter by a more senior member of staff than the original decision maker who can amend the original decision.

Appeal to the Information Commissioner

If you are unhappy with the decision following the Internal Review process, you may appeal the decision by writing to the Office of the Information Commissioner.

Appeals should be addressed to:

The Information Commissioner
18 Lower Leeson Street
Dublin 2
D02 HE97.

Tel: +353 (1) 639 5689
Local: 1890 25 32 38
Fax: +353 (1) 639 5674
E-mail: info@oic.ie

A fee of €50 (€15 for medical card holders) may apply to this type of application. Again, there is no fee for appeals to the Office of the Information Commissioner concerning only personal information relating to oneself or in relation to a decision to impose a fee or deposit.

FOI Disclosure Log

Under Section 48 of the FOI Act, bodies are obliged to have regard to any FOI Code of Practice that is published by the Minister.  The Code provides that a public body maintain and publish a log of FOI requests received, as well as records released in response to such requests, except in relation to requests for access to personal information.

Further Information

Further information in relation to FOI is available from the following:

  • Office of the Information Commissioner
  • Central Policy Unit in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Freedom of Information Act 2014
  • Please note that NTA will process any personal data that you provide to us in accordance with our Data Protection Notice, which is available here.