The Registry of Friendly Societies (RFS) is prescribed under the Freedom of Information Act 2014. Information about the RFS and the FOI Act are stated below under six different headings:
Please note that where requests for information are received under the Act, there is a presumption of release unless specific exemptions apply. Even where specific exemptions may be deemed to apply, consideration must be given to whether it is in the public interest to release the records. Therefore, when submitting non-statutory submissions to the RFS it should be borne in mind that any records could potentially be released by the RFS.
Under the FOI Act anyone is entitled to apply for access to information not otherwise publicly available. Each person has a right to:
The following records come within the scope of the FOI Act:
The RFS will normally be obliged to respond to the request within four weeks. The FOI officer for the RFS is also the FOI officer for the Companies Registration Office (CRO).
Applications under the FOI Act should be addressed to:Mark DonoghueFreedom of Information OfficerRegistry of Friendly SocietiesBloom House, Gloucester Place Lower, Dublin 1Telephone: 01 804 5251 Email: email@example.com
Requests for information must be in writing and must indicate:
FOI DECISION MAKING - RFS Decisions on applications are made at a level not below Higher Executive Officer. Internal appeal decisions are made by officers of a higher grade.
RIGHTS OF REVIEW AND APPEALThe FOI Act sets out a series of exemptions to protect sensitive information where its disclosure may damage key interests of the State or of third parties. Where the FOI officer in the RFS invokes these provisions to withhold information, the decision may be appealed. Decisions in relation to deferral of access, charges, forms of access, etc. may also be the subject of appeal. Details of the appeals mechanisms are as follows:
INTERNAL REVIEWYou may seek internal review of the initial decision, which will be carried out by an officer at a higher level if:
Requests for internal review should be submitted in writing to:Registrar Registry of Friendly SocietiesBloom House, Gloucester Place Lower, Dublin 1Phone: 01 804 5200E-mail: Maureen.OSullivan@dbei.gov.ie
Such a request for internal review must be submitted within four weeks of the initial decision. The RFS must complete the review within three weeks. Internal review must normally be completed before an appeal may be made to the Information Commissioner.
REVIEW BY THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONERFollowing completion of the internal review, you may seek an independent review of the decision from the Information Commissioner. Also, if you have not received a reply to your application for internal review within three weeks, this is deemed to be a refusal and you may appeal the matter to the Information Commissioner.Appeals in writing may be made directly to the Information Commissioner at the following address:
Office of the Information Commissioner6 Earlsfort TerraceDublin 2 Telephone: 1890 253238, 01-6395689 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.oic.ie
For further information and details on how to make an application for information under the Act, please view the RFS's FOI Handbook. FOI Handbook RFS.pdf
FOI FEESA detailed list of our fees chargeable on documents, or for services rendered, which are outside the scope of the FOI Act, are set out in Appendix 1 of the FOI Handbook. Fees for information falling under the FOI Act may be charged in accordance with S.I. No. 531 of 2014 - Freedom of Information Act 2014 (Fees)(No. 2) Regulations 2014.
In the case of requests which relate to non-personal information there are charges are applied for search retrieval and copying. Section 27(2) FOI Act 2014 relates. Search and retrieval includes time spent in:
Under the FOI Act 2014 Fees Regulations (No.2) 2014, there is a minimum threshold of €101 below which no search, retrieval and copying charges will be charged. Once the charge reaches the €101 full fees apply. There is a maximum amount that can be charged under the Regulations and it is set at €500. A further upper ceiling limit on an estimated search, retrieval and copying fees is set at €700, and with any figure above this, a body can refuse to process a request unless the requester is prepared to redefine the request to one below the limit.There are also fees which apply for an internal review under Section 21, this is €30. The prescribed fee for appeals to the Office of the Information Commissioner is €50.
For further information regarding Freedom of Information, including the text of the Acts, please visit the government website.
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