Management Development

Freedom of Information for Decision Makers is an intensive one-day course for people charged with making decisions in relation to applications for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2014, which was enacted on 14 October 2014.  Reference will also be made where appropriate to the repealed Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation (1997 and 2003) and to Data Protection legislation and obligations under it regarding Personal Data.

The purpose of this course is to bring participants through the different Parts (1-7) of the new Freedom of Information legislation and to explore with them the implications for their organisations. Emphasis will be placed throughout the day on the sections that are most relevant to attendees. By the end of the course, participants should feel more confident when dealing with an application for information under FOI Act 2014. 

 

Freedom of Information for Decision Makers

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Key Facts

Commences

9 November 2017

Application Deadline

November 2017 Bookings for this course close one week in advance of start date.

Duration

One Day

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The cost of this one day course is €450 for Corporate Members of the Institute, €480 for others. Fee includes course material, lunch and refreshments each day.

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email.  Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers.

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

Freedom of Information for Decision Makers is an intensive one-day course for people charged with making decisions in relation to applications for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2014, which was enacted on 14 October 2014.  Reference will also be made where appropriate to the repealed Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation (1997 and 2003) and to Data Protection legislation and obligations under it regarding Personal Data.

The purpose of this course is to bring participants through the different Parts (1-7) of the new Freedom of Information legislation and to explore with them the implications for their organisations. Emphasis will be placed throughout the day on the sections that are most relevant to attendees. By the end of the course, participants should feel more confident when dealing with an application for information under FOI Act 2014. 

 

Course Content

The course outline is described below.

  • Understanding FOI Act 2014
  • Key differences in its application
  • Handling requests for information
  • What records can be requested
  • Processing Applications
  • Grounds for refusal of requests
  • Making a decision and statements of reasons
  • The revised fees regime and how it is to be implemented
  • Release of information
  • Understanding the Public Interest
  • Understanding the HARM test
  • Understanding the difference between informal and formal consultation - when/why to use it

Detailed Examination of Exemptions

  • Section 28 - Meetings of Government
  • Section 29 - Deliberations of Public Bodies
  • Section 30 - Functions and Negotiations of Public Bodies
  • Section 31 - Parliamentary, Court and certain other matters
  • Section 32 - Law, Enforcement and Public Safety
  • Section 33 - Security defence and International Relations
  • Section 34 - Decisions persuant to Sections 32 and 33
  • Section 35 - Information obtained in confidence
  • Section 36 - Commercially Sensitive Information
  • Section 37 - Personal Information and the link with Data Protection legislation
  • Section 38 - Procedure for consuting with third parties (formerly Section 29 consultation)
  • Section 39 - Research and natural resources
  • Section 40 - Financial and Economic interests of Bodies
  • Section 41 - Enactments relating to non-disclosure of records

Other Relevant Sections for Decision Makers

  • Section 9  - Amendment of Personal Information
  • Section 10 - Reasons for decisions
  • Section 19 - Decisions deemed to have been made - failue to reply/refusal to engage
  • Section 42 - Restrictions of the Act 
  • Section 49 - Immunity from legal proceedings
  • FOI Code of Practice and its purpose
  • Decisions of the Information Commissioner
  • Questions and Answers
Other Information

This course can be tailored for in-house delivery. Please email training@ipa.ie if you would like further information about customised training.

Course Leader

This course will be delivered by Maebh O'Connor. Maebh has been involved in the design and delivery of FOI related workshops since the Act’s inception in 1997.

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