Bill entitled an Act to enable members of the public to obtain access, to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy, to information in the possession of public bodies and to enable persons to have personal information relating to them in the possession of such bodies corrected and, accordingly, to provide for a right of access to records held by such bodies, for necessary exceptions to that right and for assistance to persons to enable them to exercise it, to provide for the independent review both of decisions of such bodies relating to that right and of the operation of this Act generally (including the proceedings of such bodies pursuant to this Act) and, for those purposes, to provide for the establishment of the office of Information Commissioner and to define its functions, to provide for the publication by such bodies of certain information about them relevant to the purposes of this Act, to amend the Official Secrets Act, 1963, and to provide for related matters

Last updated: 21 Apr 1997

Sponsored by: Tánaiste

Source: Government

Originating House: Seanad Éireann

History of this Act

The Bill has been signed into law by the President

21 Apr 1997

Seanad Éireann
Dáil Éireann
  • Seanad First Stage

    13 Dec 1996

    Seanad First Stage

    The Bill is initiated or presented to the House

    13 Dec 1996

    Completed

  • Seanad Second Stage

    19 Dec 1996

    Seanad Second Stage

    The general principles of the Bill are debated

    19 Dec 1996

    Completed

  • Seanad Third Stage

    5 Feb 1997

    Seanad Third Stage

    The Bill is examined section by section and amendments may be made (Also known as Committee Stage)

    5 Feb 1997

    Completed

  • Seanad Fourth Stage

    10 Apr 1997

    Seanad Fourth Stage

    Amendments arising out of Committee Stage are considered (Also known as Report Stage)

    10 Apr 1997

    Completed

  • Seanad Fifth Stage

    10 Apr 1997

    Seanad Fifth Stage

    Final statements on the Bill are made and it is set down for Second Stage in the Dáil (Also known as Final Stage)

    10 Apr 1997

    Completed

  • Dáil First Stage

    n/a

    Dáil First Stage

    The Bill is deemed to have passed Dáil First Stage

    n/a

    Completed

  • Dáil Second Stage

    19 Mar 1997

    Dáil Second Stage

    The general principles of the Bill are debated

    19 Mar 1997

    Completed

  • Dáil Third Stage

    25 Mar 1997

    Dáil Third Stage

    The Bill is examined section by section and amendments may be made (Also known as Committee Stage)

    25 Mar 1997

    Completed

  • Dáil Fourth Stage

    10 Apr 1997

    Dáil Fourth Stage

    Amendments arising out of Committee Stage are considered (Also known as Report Stage)

    10 Apr 1997

    Completed

  • Dáil Fifth Stage

    10 Apr 1997

    Dáil Fifth Stage

    Final statements on the Bill are made (Also known as Final Stage)

    10 Apr 1997

    Completed

  • Enacted

    21 Apr 1997

    Enacted

    The Bill is signed into law by the President

    21 Apr 1997

    Completed

 

21 Apr 1997

An tAcht um Shaoráil Faisnéise, 1997

21 Apr 1997

Freedom of Information Act 1997

Debates

10 Apr 1997

Seanad Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996 [Seanad Bill amended by Dáil] : Report and Final Stages.

10 Apr 1997

Dáil Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996 [Seanad]: Report and Final Stages.

26 Mar 1997

Dáil Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996: Report of Select Committee.

25 Mar 1997

Select Committee On Legislation And Security

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996 [Seanad]: Committee Stage.

19 Mar 1997

Dáil Éireann

Private Members' Business. - Freedom of Information Bill, 1996: Referral to Select Committee.

19 Mar 1997

Dáil Éireann

Private Members' Business. - Freedom of Information Bill, 1996 [ Seanad ]: Second Stage (Resumed).

11 Mar 1997

Dáil Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996 [ Seanad ]: Second Stage (Resumed).

11 Mar 1997

Dáil Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996 [ Seanad ]: Second Stage.

12 Feb 1997

Seanad Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996: Report and Final Stages.

5 Feb 1997

Seanad Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996: Committee Stage (Resumed).

29 Jan 1997

Seanad Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996: Committee Stage (Resumed).

29 Jan 1997

Seanad Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996: Committee Stage (Resumed).

29 Jan 1997

Seanad Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996: Committee Stage.

19 Dec 1996

Seanad Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996: Second Stage (Resumed).

19 Dec 1996

Seanad Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996: Second Stage.

19 Dec 1996

Seanad Éireann

Freedom of Information Bill, 1996: Order for Second Stage.