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Rights of review and appeal

The Freedom of Information Acts set out appeal mechanisms in the event of a refusal of a request or in relation to deferral of access, charges, form of access etc. Fees apply to these appeals. Details of these appeal mechanisms are as follows:

Internal review

You may seek internal review of the initial decision which will be carried out by an official at a higher level if:

  • You are dissatisfied with the initial response received i.e. refusal of information, form of access, charges etc.
  • You have not received a reply within four weeks (20 working days) of your initial application. This is deemed to be a refusal of your request and allows you to proceed to internal review.

Requests for internal review should be submitted within four weeks (20 working days) of initial decision by writing to:

Carmel Greene,
Senior Executive Officer,
Clare County Council,
Áras Contae an Chláir,
New Road,
Co. Clare.
Telephone: (065) 6821616
Fax: (065) 6828233

Review by the Information Commissioner

You may seek independent review by the Information Commissioner if:

  • Following completion of the Internal Review procedure, you are dissatisfied with the decision.
  • You have not received a reply to your request for Internal Review within 3 weeks (15 working days) of your application. This is deemed to be a refusal and you may appeal the matter to the commissioner.

Appeals in writing may be made directly to the Information Commissioner at the following address:

Office of the Information Commissioner,
18 Lower Leeson Street,
Dublin 2.
Telephone: (01) 6785222
Fax: (01) 6610570

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 14/03/16