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|The Freedom of Information (FOI) Acts provide that, from
21 April 1998, every person has the following legal rights:
- The right to access official records held by Government
Departments or other public bodies listed in the Acts;
- 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 mean that people can seek access to personal information
held on them no matter when the information was created, and
to other records created after 21 April 1998. In certain circumstances
records created before 21 April, 1998 may be accessible particularly
if these records are required to assist in understanding records
created after the Act commenced on 21 April, 1998.
The Valuation Office has a policy of posting
a register of Freedom of Information requests on the Office’s
website. All requests from 1 January 2005 other than requests
for personal information are available here.
Types of records
The following records, subject to certain exemptions which
may arise under the provisions of the 1997 and 2003 Acts, come
within the scope of the Act
- All personal records held by the Office regardless of when
- All records created from commencement date 21 April 1998
- All other records necessary to the understanding of a current
Making a Request
Requests under the Freedom of Information Act should be made in writing to
Irish Life Centre
Abbey Street Lower
Tel 01-8171000, Fax 01-8171180 or by
e-mail to email@example.com
You must state in your letter that the request
is being made under the Freedom of Information Acts, 1997 and
give as much information as possible to help us identify the
record. If you would like the information in a particular form,
(e.g. photocopy, computer disk, etc.) mention this in your application. Include
a daytime contact telephone number to allow the person dealing
with your application to contact you should any clarification
be required in relation to your request.
The Valuation Office is required to acknowledge
receipt of a request under the Act within two weeks
and is obliged to respond to the request within 4 weeks.
|A request for non-personal information requires
a fee of €15.00,
(€10 in the case of medical card holders or their dependants). The
fee is refundable if a request is withdrawn.
Search and Retrieval, Photocopying Fees
No fee will be charged in respect of personal records, either
for the search and retrieval of records or for photocopying,
except where a large number of records is involved.
For non-personal information, fees may be
charged for the time spent in locating and copying records,
based on a standard hourly rate (€20.95 per hour). Photocopies are charged at €0.04
No charges may apply in respect of the time spent by the Office
in considering requests.
A deposit may be payable where the total
fee for search and retrieval is likely to exceed €50.79.
In these circumstances, the Office will notify you and if you
wish help in amending the request so as to reduce or eliminate
the amount of the fee.
Fees should be paid by postal order, bank
draft or cheque made payable to the Commissioner of Valuation. Regrettably
we are currently unable to accept payment by means of credit
or debit card.
If you are dissatisfied with the initial decision, you may
seek an internal review which will be carried out by an official
at a higher level. You may also seek an internal review if you
have not received a reply within 4 weeks of your initial application.
A request for internal review must be submitted within 4 weeks
of the initial decision (or the date the decision was due in
the case of non-reply). The Valuation Office must complete the
review within 3 weeks.
There is no fee for a request for a review
in relation to personal records. However, a fee of €75 is required for internal
review of a decision in relation to non-personal records (€25
in the case of medical card holders or their dependants).
There is no fee payable for cases where a review is sought
due to the non-reply of the initial request.
Review by the Information Commissioner
If you are dissatisfied with the internal review, you may appeal
the decision to the Information Commissioner. If you have not
received a reply to your application for internal review within
3 weeks, this is considered a refusal and you may appeal the
matter to the Commissioner. The Commissioner's decision is final
and can only be appealed to the High Court on a point of law.
Appeals to the Information Commissioner should be made in writing
to the following address:
Office of the Information Commissioner
18 Lower Leeson Street
There is no fee for a request for an appeal
in relation to personal records. However, a fee of €150 is required for
a review by the Information Commissioner in relation to non-personal
records (€50 in the case of medical card holders or their
dependants). No fee is required for cases where an appeal is
being sought due to the non-reply of the internal review.
|Further information on the functions and records and on the rules and practices
of the Valuation Office is available in the Section 15 Functions and Records
Guide and Section 16 Rules and Practices Guide published in accordance
with the Freedom of Information Act. This guide is available here.
FOI Log (PDF)
|FoI Requests and General Information see contact names below:
Internal Review and Liaison
Mr P J McIlwee
Tel 01 8171005
Office of the Information Commissionerhttp://www.oic.gov.ie/
FoI Central Policy Unit
Department of Finance
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