The Freedom of Information (FOI) Acts, effective from 21st April 1998, establish three new statutory rights:
- a legal right for each person to access information held by public bodies;
- a legal right for each person to have official information relating to him/herself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading; and
- a legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself.
The Acts assert the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals
An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíocht comes under the Act on 31 May 2006.
The FOI Act provides that all public bodies, must publish certain information; in this section you will find the Section 15 publication which describes the structure, organisation and records held and the Section 16 publication which contains the rules, practices, procedures, guidelines and interpretations used by the Office.