How do I make a FOI request?

  • The request must be in writing to the FOI body that holds the records. Requests can also be made by email.
    • For example: If you want records about a policy matter at the National Shared Services Office, you must apply to FOI Officer in the NSSO.
  •  When you make a request you must;
    • Submit the request in writing to the NSSO.
    • Specify that the request is being made under the FOI Act
    • Be clear enough so that the NSSO understands what records are being requested. In cases where the NSSO is not clear what records are being requested, it must assist the requester to put his/her request in such a way that the records being sought can be identified.
  • When you are seeking information which is personal, you will be required to supply the appropriate identification as required by the decision maker.
  • In cases where you are seeking to access records relating to a deceased person under section 37(8), you will be required to provide additional details in order to exercise these rights.
  • Click on here for Further Information on completing an FOI Application Form for the NSSO.

Each Public Body has one or more FOI Officers whose responsibility it is to handle requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.