Freedom of Information

The Freedom of information Acts (1997 & 2003) assert the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information held by public bodies (where consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals).To learn more about Freedom of Information you are advised to read the Manual, available to download here. (known as the 'Section 15 & 16 Reference Manual'). This will explain how FOI works and the procedures applicable to Local Enterprise Office Wicklow.

If you wish to make an official request for information under the Freedom of Information Act you should, in the first instance, contact:

The LEO Wicklow  FOI Liaison Officer:
Louise Fleming, Ph: 0404 30800; E-mail: lfleming@leo.wicklowcoco.ie

If you proceed with an official FOI request, you should complete the FOI Request Application Form, available to download here. This application form should be accompanied by a fee of €15 (cheque/bank draft made payable to "Wicklow County Council". Search, retrieval & copying fees may apply and will be explained to you in advance.

The LEO Wicklow FOI Decision Maker:
Louise Fleming, Ph: 0404 30800; E-mail: lfleming@leo.wicklowcoco.ie

The LEO Wicklow FOI Internal Reviewer:
Sheelagh Daly, Ph: 0404 30800; E-mail: sdaly@leo.wicklowcoco.ie

External Appeals may be made to the Information Commissioner.


Re-use of Public Sector Information

An EU Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information was transposed into Irish law recently. Essentially this Directive allows certain information (i.e. information not precluded under a Freedom of Information exemption, copyright or personal data) held by the public sector (incl. Local Enterprise Offices) to be used by the public. The rationale for this is that the public sector holds large amounts of data which could potentially be a valuable resource used to create new products, businesses and employment.

Re-use includes copying, issuing copies to the public, publishing, broadcasting and translating into other languages. It also covers non-commercial research and study.

Certain conditions apply to the re-use of information:

  • Acknowledge the source in cases where you supply the information to others;
  • Reproduce the information accurately;
  • The information is not to be used in a misleading way;
  • Information must not be used for the principal purpose of advertising or promoting a particular product or service;
  • Not use the information for or in support of illegal, immoral, fraudulent, or dishonest purposes.
  • Local Enterprise Office Wicklow is not liable for any loss or liability associated with the re-use of information and does not certify that the information is up-to-date or error free.
  • Local Enterprise Office Wicklow does not authorise any user to have exclusive rights to re-use of its information.

If you wish to use such information, you must read carefully the latest version of the "Public Sector Information (PSI) Licence for Re-use of Information". This is available to download at the PSI website: www.psi.gov.ie

You can find out more about records that are subject to (& exempt from) the Freedom of Information Act by downloading the Local Enterprise Office Wicklow’s Guide to FOI (known as the 'Section 15 & 16 Manual') here.

For more information please contact LEO Wicklow’s nominated officer responsible for this area:

Louise Fleming, lfleming@leo.wicklowcoco.ie

 

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