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Freedom of Information

Applying for Information (Under the Freedom of Information Act)

Applications for information under this Act should be addressed to:

John McHale
Freedom of Information Officer,
Áras an Chontae,
Mayo County Council,
Castlebar.
Phone: 094 - 9047307
Fax: 094 - 9023937
Email: foi@mayococo.ie

Your request should be in writing and should indicate that the information is sought under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

If you wish to receive the information in any particular form e.g. photocopy, computer disk etc., you should indicate this in your request.

Please give as much detail as possible to enable us to identify the records to which you require access.

If you have difficulty in identifying the precise records which you require, we will be happy to assist you in preparing your request.

We must issue acknowledgement of the request within two weeks of our receiving it.

We must make a decision on the request within four weeks of receiving it unless the request relates to such number of records that compliance within the specified time is not reasonably possible, in which case a time extension not exceeding a further four weeks may be allowed. You must be notified of the period of the time extension required and the reasons therefore.

Rights of Review and Appeal

The Freedom of Information Act sets out appeal mechanisms in the event of a refusal of a request, or in relation to deferral of access, charges, form of access etc., Details of these appeal mechanisms are as follows:

Internal Review

You may seek Internal Review of the initial decision, which will be carried out by an official at a higher level if:

you are dissatisfied with the initial response received i.e. refusal of information, form of access, charges etc., or,
you have not received a reply within four weeks of your initial application. This is deemed to be a refusal of your request and allows you to proceed to Internal Review.
Requests for Internal Review should be submitted within four weeks of the initial decision in writing to:

Director of Services,
Corporate Affairs,
Áras an Chontae,
Mayo County Council,
Castlebar.
Phone: 094 - 9024444
Fax: 094 - 9023937

Mayo County Council must complete the review within three weeks. Internal Review must normally be completed before an appeal may be made to the Information Commissioner.

Except in the case of personal information:

  • A standard fee of €30 must accompany an application for internal review.
  • A reduced fee of €10 applies if the applicant is a medical card holder or a dependant of a medical card holder.

If the appeal relates specifically to a decision to impose a search and retrieval charge or a charge for copying records, no appeal fee applies.

Review by the Information Commissioner

You may seek independent review by the Information Commissioner if:

following completion of the Internal Review procedure, you are dissatisfied with the decision; or

you have not received a reply to your request for Internal review within 3 weeks of your application. This is deemed to be a refusal and you may appeal the matter to the Commissioner.

Appeals in writing may be made directly to the Information Commissioner at the following address:

Office of the Information Commissioner,
18 Lower Leeson St.,
Dublin 2.

Except in the case of personal information:

  • A standard fee of €50 must accompany an application for review.
  • A reduced fee of €15 applies if the applicant is a medical card holder or a dependant of a medical card holder.

If the appeal relates specifically to a decision to impose a search and retrieval charge or a charge for copying records, no appeal fee applies.

View Customer Care Charter and Complaints Procedure Information.

Freedom of Information

Áras an Chontae
The Mall
Castlebar
County Mayo

Phone: 094 - 9047307; Fax: 094 - 9023937
Contact Form: Online Enquiry Form
Email: foi@mayococo.ie
Open: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm Monday to Friday

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