As the Deputy is aware, non-disclosure provisions in other Acts override provisions in the Freedom of Information Act 1997, unless such provisions are listed in Schedule 3 of the FOI Act in which case they are subordinate to FOI.
Under Section 32 of the FOI Act 1997, the Oireachtas Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Committee has the power to review the operations of these provisions from time to time with a view to recommending whether they should be amended or repealed. If it is recommended that they should continue in force, the Committee has the power to recommend whether they should override FOI or whether they should be included in Schedule 3. It is understood that this review is currently underway within the Committee.
Pending the outcome of the review and consideration of the Committee’s recommendations, I am not proposing to list any further non-disclosure provisions in Schedule 3 of the FOI Act.