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."