Govt scraps €15 Freedom Of Information charge on non-personal requestsTuesday 01 July 2014 13.58
The Government has scrapped the €15 application fee for non-personal Freedom of Information requests as part of a number of reforms of the FOI system.
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said: "Over the last number of months I have concluded that Ireland's fees regime for FOI required a radical overhaul."
The fee will be abolished for all FOI requests and the search, retrieval and copying fees will only apply where the preparation time for a request exceeds five hours.
This means the vast majority of FOI requests will be free of charge.
Mr Howlin said the reforms will "allow our citizens access to information on a level par with best practice across the OECD. After all, information and data are the currencies of the new age."