As required by Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014, and in keeping with the principles of openness, transparency and accountability set out in the FOI Act, my Department published its FOI publication scheme in 2016 and it can be viewed on the gov.ie website. The publication scheme makes available as much information as possible about my Department’s work in an open and accessible manner on a routine basis under the following headings:
- Information about the Department;
- Services provided or to be provided to the public;
- Decision making process for major policy proposals;
- Financial information;
- Procurement; and
- FOI disclosure log and other information published routinely.
My Department keeps its FOI publication scheme under ongoing review and regularly publishes additional information about its work as it becomes available. For example, the scheme is updated every quarter to include the details of management board meetings, invoices over €20,000 paid and FOI requests granted or part granted in the previous quarter.