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      Where can I get a copy of the Register?

      The full Register of Electors is not available to the public - this is due to legal requirements in relation to personal confidentiality.  However, the Edited Register is available from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for a fee.  For more information on the Edited Register, please see "I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk mail "in this FAQ.

      I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk-mail?

      Since 2004, registration authorities are required to publish two versions of the Register - the Full Register and the Edited Register.  The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote and can only be used for an electoral or other statutory purpose.  The edited Register contains the names and addresses of persons whose details can be used for a purpose other than an electoral or other statutory purpose e.g. direct marketing use by a commercial or other organisation.  To ensure your details are not included on the Edited Register, choose the 'opt-out box' on the registration form.

      I have mislaid my polling card. Can I still vote?

      The polling card is not mandatory for voting.  However, even if you have received a polling card, you will need to bring one of the following documents as proof of identification:

      • Passport
      • A current Driving Licence
      • An Employee identity card containing a photograph
      • A student identity card issued by an educational institution and containing a photograph
      • A Travel document containing name and photograph
      • A Bank or Savings or Credit Union book containing address
      • A temporary Residence Certificate card
      • A cheque card*
      • A credit card*
      • A birth certificate*
      • A marriage certificate*

      *The last 4 items must be accompanied by a further document which established the address of the holder in the constituency or local electoral area.

      If I am abroad while the Register is being compiled, can I continue to remain on the Register even though I am not residing at my home address?

      You can remain on the Register if you intend to return to your residence within 18 months.

      Who are my Current Local Councillors?
      What categories of information does AIE cover?

       

      There are six categories of information available as follows:

      • the state of the elements of the environment e.g. air, water, soil, land, landscape, biological diversity
      • factors affecting, or likely to affect, the elements of the environment, e.g. energy, noise, radiation, waste and other releases into the environment
      • measures designed to protect the elements of the environment e.g. policies, legislation, plans, programs, environmental agreements
      • reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
      • analyses and assumptions used within the framework of measures designed to protect the environment
      • the state of human health and safety, the food chain, cultural sights and built structures in as much as they may be affected by the elements of the environment.

      Under the mandate of legislation, we must refuse to give you access to environmental information on the following grounds:

      • personal information
      • information supplied by a third party voluntarily
      • material the disclosure of which would make it more likely that the environment to which such material related would be damaged
      • confidentiality of the proceedings of public authorities.

      Under the AIE Regulations we may refuse to give you access to information on certain grounds:

      • international relations, national defence or public security
      • the course of justice
      • commercial or industrial confidentiality
      • intellectual property rights
      • material in the course of completion
      • internal communications with public authorities
      • the request is considered to be unreasonable due to the volume or range of information sought or the request is too general.
      How do I request information under the AIE Regulations?

      When making a request for information under the AIE Regulations, you must:

      submit your request in writing or electronic form and state that it is being made under the AIE Regulations

      • provide your contact details
      • state as clearly as possible the environmental information required
      • if you require the information in a specific format or manner of access, you should specify this in your request.

       We are obliged to reply within one month of receipt of your application.

      Please submit your application to:

      Conor Peoples
      Freedom of Information Officer
      Corporate, Communications & Governance Department
      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

      County Hall

      Marine Road

      Dún Laoghaire
      Co. Dublin

       Tel:  01 2047053

      Fax:  01 2806969

      Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

      Office tel:  01 2047053

      Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie

      The AIE Regulations allow people access to environmental information held by or for public authorities which is not routinely available through other means.  

      The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 operate in parallel with the AIE Regulations.  This means that people can gain access to environmental information under the FOI Acts and the AIE Regulations

      If you wish to access personal information held by the Council under the Data Protection legislation, please see the Data Protection Section

      What is my Right of Appeal?

      If you are not satisfied with the response to your request or if the Council fail to respond within the assigned timeframe, you can request an internal review of the matter.   That review will be undertaken by an officer of the Council who was unconnected to the original decision.  You must make your appeal within one month of receiving the original decision letter and the Council must respond to your appeal within one month of receipt of same.

      Please submit your appeal to:

      Conor Peoples
      Freedom of Information Officer
      Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
      Marine Road
      Dún Laoghaire
      Co. Dublin

      Tel:  01 2047053

      Fax:  01 2806969

      Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

      What is the membership of the Community Development, Culture and Ageing SPC?

      Councillors (Total: 12)

      Emma Blain

      Deirdre Donnelly

      Mary Fayne

      Karen Furlong

      Mary Hanafin
      John Kennedy
      Lynsey McGovern
      Sorcha Nic Cormaic
      Peter O'Brien (Chair)

      Dave O'Keeffe

      Patricia Stewart
      Grace Tallon

       

      Sectoral Representatives (Total: 6)

      Environment/Conversation Sector (1)
      - Selma Harrington (PPN)

      Business/Commercial Sector (1)
      - Vacancy (Awaiting replacement for Larry O’Connor (Chambers Ireland ))

      Community/Voluntary Sector (2)
      - Michele Relihan (PPN)
      - Tom Conlon (PPN)

      Social Inclusion Sector (2)
      - Ann Cannon (PPN)
      - Geraldine Graydon (PPN) 

       

      What is the membership of the Economic Development and Enterprise SPC?

      Councillors (Total: 14)

      Emma Blain

      Chris Curran

      Kevin Daly
      Liam Dockery
      Kate Feeney
      Melisa Halpin
      Mary Hanafin

      John Kennedy
      Lettie McCarthy
      Tom Murphy
      Peter O'Brien

      Shane O'Brien

      Denis O'Callaghan

      Barry Ward (Chair)

       

      Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

      Environment/Conservation Sector (1) 
      - Miriam Hennessy (PPN)

      Development/Construction Sector (1) 
      - Sean O'Neill (Chambers Ireland)

      Business/Commercial Sector (2) 
      - Dr Josephine Browne (Chambers Ireland)
      - Ann Marie Walsh (Chambers Ireland)

      Trade Union Sector (1) 
      - Rosheen Callendar (ICTU)

      Community/Voluntary Sector (1) 
      - Aileen Eglinton (PPN)

      Social Inclusion Sector (1) 
      - Fardus Sultan (PPN)

       

      What is the membership of the Environment, Climate Change and Energy SPC?

      Councillors (Total: 12)

      Marie Baker
      Jennifer Cuffe
      Cormac Devlin
      Mary Fayne
      Hugh Lewis
      Lynsey McGovern

      Carron McKinney
      Sorcha Nic Cormaic
      Seamas O'Neill
      Barry Saul
      Carrie Smyth
      Ossian Smyth (Chairperson)

       

      Sectoral Representatives (Total: 6)

      Agriculture/Farming Sector (1)

      - Denis Mulvey (IFA)

      Environment/Conservation Sector (1)
      - Diarmuid McAree (PPN)

      Development/Construction Sector (1)
      - Peter Clancy (Chambers Ireland)

      Business/Commercial Sector (1)
      - Errol Close (Chambers Ireland)

      Community/Voluntary Sector (1)
      - Elizabeth Clooney (PPN)

      Social Inclusion Sector (1)
      - Marese Hegarty (PPN)

      What is the membership of the Planning SPC?

      Councillors (Total: 14)

      Marie Baker

      Shay Brennan

      Anne Colgan

      Jennifer Cuffe
      Kevin Daly

      Karen Furlong

      Jim Gildea
      Carron McKinney
      Michael Merrigan (Chair)
      Brian Murphy
      Tom Murphy

      Dave O'Keeffe
      Patricia Stewart
      Grace Tallon

       

      Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

      Environmental/Conversation Sector (2)
      - Goff Lalor (PPN)
      - Rob Goodbody (PPN)

      Development/Construction Sector (2)
      - Matt Gallagher (Chambers Ireland)
      - Martin O'Donnell (Chambers Ireland)

      Business/Commercial Sector (1)
      - Kevin Fitzgerald (Chambers Ireland)

      Community/Voluntary Sector (1)
      - Paul O'Callaghan (PPN)

      Social Inclusion Sector (1)
      - Veronica Heywood (PPN)

       

      What is the membership of the Social Housing SPC?

      Councillors (Total: 14)

      John Bailey (Chair)
      Anne Colgan

      Chris Curran

      Cormac Devlin

      Kate Feeney
      Jim Gildea
      Melisa Halpin
      Pat Hand
      Deirdre Kingston
      Michael Merrigan
      Brian Murphy
      Denis O'Callaghan

      Dónal Smith

      Carrie Smyth

      Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

      Environment/Conservation Section (1)
      - Terence Corish (PPN)

      Development/Construction Sector (1)
      - Kathy Irwin (Chambers Ireland )

      Business/Commercial Sector (1)
      - Liz Ferris (Chambers Ireland )

      Trade Union Sector (1)
      - Jimmy Jordan (ICTU)

      Community/Voluntary Sector (2)

      - Kieron Brennan (PPN)

      - Gerladine Dunne (PPN)

      Social Inclusion Sector (1)
      - Catherine Kenny (PPN)

       

      What is the membership of the Transportation and County Wide Movement SPC?

      Councillors (Total: 14)

      John Bailey

      Shay Brennan (Chairperson)
      Liam Dockery
      Deirdre Donnelly
      Pat Hand
      Deirdre Kingston
      Hugh Lewis
      Lettie McCarthy
      Shane O'Brien
      Seamas O'Neill
      Barry Saul

      Dónal Smith
      Ossian Smyth
      Barry Ward

       

      Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

       

      Environmental/Conversation Sector (2)

      - Keith Byrne (PPN)
      - Clare Sullivan (PPN)

      Development/Construction Sector (2)
      - Pat Neill (Chambers Ireland)
      - Gregory Alken (Chambers Ireland )

      Business/Commercial Sector (1)
      - Tom Nolan (Chambers Ireland )

      Community/Voluntary Sector (1)
      - Jim Colgan (PPN)

      Social Inclusion Sector (1)
      - John Nolan (PPN)

       

      What type of information can I request access to?

      You can request access to personal information held by Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council about you regardless of when the information was created.

      You can also gain access to other non-personal records created after 21st October 1998.   

      Some records are not immediately available under the FOI Act.   Access may be restricted by certain exemptions or involve specific procedures and time limits.

      Do I need to pay a fee when making a request under the FOI Act?

      Whilst there is no fee for the initial FOI request, the Council may apply search, retrieval and copying fees, subject to thresholds set out in the Act.  Please see the attached document entitled 'Freedom of Information Fees' for more info.

       

      Other Charges

      In line with Section 27 of the Act, charges may be applied for the time spent finding records and for any photocopying costs incurred in providing the material requested.   Fees will not be charged in respect of personal records, except where a large number of records are involved.   Fees for search, retrieval and copying of records are set in accordance with Statutory Instruments No 484 of 2014 as follows:

       

      € 20 per hour of search retrieval
      € 0.04 per sheet for a photocopy
      € 10 for a CD Rom

      Fees and charges paid by money order or cheque should be made payable to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

       

      Reductions and Waivers

      A fee in respect of search, retrieval and copying of records will be waived where the cost does not exceed €100.

      Does my request have to be in writing?

      Requests must be made in writing and delivered by hand, post, email or fax.  All requests should be addressed to:

      Mr. Conor Peoples
      Freedom of Information Officer
      Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
      Marine Road
      Dún Laoghaire
      Co. Dublin

      DDI:  01 2047053
      Fax:   01 2806969

      Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

       

      You must state that you are requesting the information under the Freedom of Information Acts.

       

      Requests should contain sufficient information to enable us identify the records in question.  They should also specify the format in which access to records is sought, for example photocopy of records, viewing of file, email etc.

      If you choose to use our FOI Application Form please find it attached under the Related Documents heading above

      How do I access my personal data?

      Under Section 3 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to find out, free of charge, if the Council holds information about you.  You also have the right to be given a description of the information and to be told the purpose(s) for holding your information.   The Council must respond to your request under Section 3 within 21 days.

       

      Under Section 4 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to get a copy of your personal information.  This applies to all types of information e.g. written information, CCTV etc.  You are entitled to know where the information was obtained, how it has been used and if it has been passed on to anyone else.

       

      All requests for personal details must be made in writing, either by post, email or fax.  You may be asked for evidence of your identity.  This is to make sure that personal information is not given to the wrong person.  Please address your request to:

       

      Mr. Tom Mahon

      Data Protection Officer

      Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
      Marine Road
      Dún Laoghaire
      Co. Dublin

      DDI:  01 2054787
      Fax:  01 2806969
      Email:  tmahon@dlrcoco.ie

      Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie

       

      In your request, you should give any details that will help the County Council to identify you and find your data e.g. any previous address and/or date of birth.  Also, be clear about which details you are looking for if you are only looking for certain information. 

       

      You should receive these details within 40 days of your request.

      Is there a right of appeal to the Data Protection Commissioner?

      The Data Protection Commissioner

      If you feel the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact us.   If you are then not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner – details as follows:

       

      The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
      Canal House
      Station Road
      Portarlington
      Co. Laois

       

      LoCall:  1890 252 231            Tel:  057 868 4800        Fax:  057 868 4757

      Email:  info@dataprotection.ie

      Website:  https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm

      Is there a right of appeal open to me?

      If you feel the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact the organisation's Data Protection Officer, Mr. Tom Mahon.  If you are then not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner – details as follows:

       

      The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
      Canal House
      Station Road
      Portarlington
      Co Laois

      LoCall:  1890 252 231            Tel:  057 868 4800        Fax:  057 868 4757

      Email:  info@dataprotection.ie

      Website:  https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm

      Who are the Designated Public Officials in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council?

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Where can I get a copy of the Register?

The full Register of Electors is not available to the public - this is due to legal requirements in relation to personal confidentiality.  However, the Edited Register is available from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for a fee.  For more information on the Edited Register, please see "I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk mail "in this FAQ.

I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk-mail?

Since 2004, registration authorities are required to publish two versions of the Register - the Full Register and the Edited Register.  The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote and can only be used for an electoral or other statutory purpose.  The edited Register contains the names and addresses of persons whose details can be used for a purpose other than an electoral or other statutory purpose e.g. direct marketing use by a commercial or other organisation.  To ensure your details are not included on the Edited Register, choose the 'opt-out box' on the registration form.

I have mislaid my polling card. Can I still vote?

The polling card is not mandatory for voting.  However, even if you have received a polling card, you will need to bring one of the following documents as proof of identification:

  • Passport
  • A current Driving Licence
  • An Employee identity card containing a photograph
  • A student identity card issued by an educational institution and containing a photograph
  • A Travel document containing name and photograph
  • A Bank or Savings or Credit Union book containing address
  • A temporary Residence Certificate card
  • A cheque card*
  • A credit card*
  • A birth certificate*
  • A marriage certificate*

*The last 4 items must be accompanied by a further document which established the address of the holder in the constituency or local electoral area.

If I am abroad while the Register is being compiled, can I continue to remain on the Register even though I am not residing at my home address?

You can remain on the Register if you intend to return to your residence within 18 months.

Who are my Current Local Councillors?
What categories of information does AIE cover?

 

There are six categories of information available as follows:

  • the state of the elements of the environment e.g. air, water, soil, land, landscape, biological diversity
  • factors affecting, or likely to affect, the elements of the environment, e.g. energy, noise, radiation, waste and other releases into the environment
  • measures designed to protect the elements of the environment e.g. policies, legislation, plans, programs, environmental agreements
  • reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
  • analyses and assumptions used within the framework of measures designed to protect the environment
  • the state of human health and safety, the food chain, cultural sights and built structures in as much as they may be affected by the elements of the environment.

Under the mandate of legislation, we must refuse to give you access to environmental information on the following grounds:

  • personal information
  • information supplied by a third party voluntarily
  • material the disclosure of which would make it more likely that the environment to which such material related would be damaged
  • confidentiality of the proceedings of public authorities.

Under the AIE Regulations we may refuse to give you access to information on certain grounds:

  • international relations, national defence or public security
  • the course of justice
  • commercial or industrial confidentiality
  • intellectual property rights
  • material in the course of completion
  • internal communications with public authorities
  • the request is considered to be unreasonable due to the volume or range of information sought or the request is too general.
How do I request information under the AIE Regulations?

When making a request for information under the AIE Regulations, you must:

submit your request in writing or electronic form and state that it is being made under the AIE Regulations

  • provide your contact details
  • state as clearly as possible the environmental information required
  • if you require the information in a specific format or manner of access, you should specify this in your request.

 We are obliged to reply within one month of receipt of your application.

Please submit your application to:

Conor Peoples
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate, Communications & Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

County Hall

Marine Road

Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

 Tel:  01 2047053

Fax:  01 2806969

Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

Office tel:  01 2047053

Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie

The AIE Regulations allow people access to environmental information held by or for public authorities which is not routinely available through other means.  

The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 operate in parallel with the AIE Regulations.  This means that people can gain access to environmental information under the FOI Acts and the AIE Regulations

If you wish to access personal information held by the Council under the Data Protection legislation, please see the Data Protection Section

What is my Right of Appeal?

If you are not satisfied with the response to your request or if the Council fail to respond within the assigned timeframe, you can request an internal review of the matter.   That review will be undertaken by an officer of the Council who was unconnected to the original decision.  You must make your appeal within one month of receiving the original decision letter and the Council must respond to your appeal within one month of receipt of same.

Please submit your appeal to:

Conor Peoples
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

Tel:  01 2047053

Fax:  01 2806969

Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

What is the membership of the Community Development, Culture and Ageing SPC?

Councillors (Total: 12)

Emma Blain

Deirdre Donnelly

Mary Fayne

Karen Furlong

Mary Hanafin
John Kennedy
Lynsey McGovern
Sorcha Nic Cormaic
Peter O'Brien (Chair)

Dave O'Keeffe

Patricia Stewart
Grace Tallon

 

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 6)

Environment/Conversation Sector (1)
- Selma Harrington (PPN)

Business/Commercial Sector (1)
- Vacancy (Awaiting replacement for Larry O’Connor (Chambers Ireland ))

Community/Voluntary Sector (2)
- Michele Relihan (PPN)
- Tom Conlon (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (2)
- Ann Cannon (PPN)
- Geraldine Graydon (PPN) 

 

What is the membership of the Economic Development and Enterprise SPC?

Councillors (Total: 14)

Emma Blain

Chris Curran

Kevin Daly
Liam Dockery
Kate Feeney
Melisa Halpin
Mary Hanafin

John Kennedy
Lettie McCarthy
Tom Murphy
Peter O'Brien

Shane O'Brien

Denis O'Callaghan

Barry Ward (Chair)

 

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

Environment/Conservation Sector (1) 
- Miriam Hennessy (PPN)

Development/Construction Sector (1) 
- Sean O'Neill (Chambers Ireland)

Business/Commercial Sector (2) 
- Dr Josephine Browne (Chambers Ireland)
- Ann Marie Walsh (Chambers Ireland)

Trade Union Sector (1) 
- Rosheen Callendar (ICTU)

Community/Voluntary Sector (1) 
- Aileen Eglinton (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (1) 
- Fardus Sultan (PPN)

 

What is the membership of the Environment, Climate Change and Energy SPC?

Councillors (Total: 12)

Marie Baker
Jennifer Cuffe
Cormac Devlin
Mary Fayne
Hugh Lewis
Lynsey McGovern

Carron McKinney
Sorcha Nic Cormaic
Seamas O'Neill
Barry Saul
Carrie Smyth
Ossian Smyth (Chairperson)

 

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 6)

Agriculture/Farming Sector (1)

- Denis Mulvey (IFA)

Environment/Conservation Sector (1)
- Diarmuid McAree (PPN)

Development/Construction Sector (1)
- Peter Clancy (Chambers Ireland)

Business/Commercial Sector (1)
- Errol Close (Chambers Ireland)

Community/Voluntary Sector (1)
- Elizabeth Clooney (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (1)
- Marese Hegarty (PPN)

What is the membership of the Planning SPC?

Councillors (Total: 14)

Marie Baker

Shay Brennan

Anne Colgan

Jennifer Cuffe
Kevin Daly

Karen Furlong

Jim Gildea
Carron McKinney
Michael Merrigan (Chair)
Brian Murphy
Tom Murphy

Dave O'Keeffe
Patricia Stewart
Grace Tallon

 

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

Environmental/Conversation Sector (2)
- Goff Lalor (PPN)
- Rob Goodbody (PPN)

Development/Construction Sector (2)
- Matt Gallagher (Chambers Ireland)
- Martin O'Donnell (Chambers Ireland)

Business/Commercial Sector (1)
- Kevin Fitzgerald (Chambers Ireland)

Community/Voluntary Sector (1)
- Paul O'Callaghan (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (1)
- Veronica Heywood (PPN)

 

What is the membership of the Social Housing SPC?

Councillors (Total: 14)

John Bailey (Chair)
Anne Colgan

Chris Curran

Cormac Devlin

Kate Feeney
Jim Gildea
Melisa Halpin
Pat Hand
Deirdre Kingston
Michael Merrigan
Brian Murphy
Denis O'Callaghan

Dónal Smith

Carrie Smyth

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

Environment/Conservation Section (1)
- Terence Corish (PPN)

Development/Construction Sector (1)
- Kathy Irwin (Chambers Ireland )

Business/Commercial Sector (1)
- Liz Ferris (Chambers Ireland )

Trade Union Sector (1)
- Jimmy Jordan (ICTU)

Community/Voluntary Sector (2)

- Kieron Brennan (PPN)

- Gerladine Dunne (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (1)
- Catherine Kenny (PPN)

 

What is the membership of the Transportation and County Wide Movement SPC?

Councillors (Total: 14)

John Bailey

Shay Brennan (Chairperson)
Liam Dockery
Deirdre Donnelly
Pat Hand
Deirdre Kingston
Hugh Lewis
Lettie McCarthy
Shane O'Brien
Seamas O'Neill
Barry Saul

Dónal Smith
Ossian Smyth
Barry Ward

 

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

 

Environmental/Conversation Sector (2)

- Keith Byrne (PPN)
- Clare Sullivan (PPN)

Development/Construction Sector (2)
- Pat Neill (Chambers Ireland)
- Gregory Alken (Chambers Ireland )

Business/Commercial Sector (1)
- Tom Nolan (Chambers Ireland )

Community/Voluntary Sector (1)
- Jim Colgan (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (1)
- John Nolan (PPN)

 

What type of information can I request access to?

You can request access to personal information held by Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council about you regardless of when the information was created.

You can also gain access to other non-personal records created after 21st October 1998.   

Some records are not immediately available under the FOI Act.   Access may be restricted by certain exemptions or involve specific procedures and time limits.

Do I need to pay a fee when making a request under the FOI Act?

Whilst there is no fee for the initial FOI request, the Council may apply search, retrieval and copying fees, subject to thresholds set out in the Act.  Please see the attached document entitled 'Freedom of Information Fees' for more info.

 

Other Charges

In line with Section 27 of the Act, charges may be applied for the time spent finding records and for any photocopying costs incurred in providing the material requested.   Fees will not be charged in respect of personal records, except where a large number of records are involved.   Fees for search, retrieval and copying of records are set in accordance with Statutory Instruments No 484 of 2014 as follows:

 

€ 20 per hour of search retrieval
€ 0.04 per sheet for a photocopy
€ 10 for a CD Rom

Fees and charges paid by money order or cheque should be made payable to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

 

Reductions and Waivers

A fee in respect of search, retrieval and copying of records will be waived where the cost does not exceed €100.

Does my request have to be in writing?

Requests must be made in writing and delivered by hand, post, email or fax.  All requests should be addressed to:

Mr. Conor Peoples
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

DDI:  01 2047053
Fax:   01 2806969

Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

 

You must state that you are requesting the information under the Freedom of Information Acts.

 

Requests should contain sufficient information to enable us identify the records in question.  They should also specify the format in which access to records is sought, for example photocopy of records, viewing of file, email etc.

If you choose to use our FOI Application Form please find it attached under the Related Documents heading above

How do I access my personal data?

Under Section 3 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to find out, free of charge, if the Council holds information about you.  You also have the right to be given a description of the information and to be told the purpose(s) for holding your information.   The Council must respond to your request under Section 3 within 21 days.

 

Under Section 4 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to get a copy of your personal information.  This applies to all types of information e.g. written information, CCTV etc.  You are entitled to know where the information was obtained, how it has been used and if it has been passed on to anyone else.

 

All requests for personal details must be made in writing, either by post, email or fax.  You may be asked for evidence of your identity.  This is to make sure that personal information is not given to the wrong person.  Please address your request to:

 

Mr. Tom Mahon

Data Protection Officer

Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

DDI:  01 2054787
Fax:  01 2806969
Email:  tmahon@dlrcoco.ie

Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie

 

In your request, you should give any details that will help the County Council to identify you and find your data e.g. any previous address and/or date of birth.  Also, be clear about which details you are looking for if you are only looking for certain information. 

 

You should receive these details within 40 days of your request.

Is there a right of appeal to the Data Protection Commissioner?

The Data Protection Commissioner

If you feel the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact us.   If you are then not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner – details as follows:

 

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
Canal House
Station Road
Portarlington
Co. Laois

 

LoCall:  1890 252 231            Tel:  057 868 4800        Fax:  057 868 4757

Email:  info@dataprotection.ie

Website:  https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm

Is there a right of appeal open to me?

If you feel the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact the organisation's Data Protection Officer, Mr. Tom Mahon.  If you are then not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner – details as follows:

 

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
Canal House
Station Road
Portarlington
Co Laois

LoCall:  1890 252 231            Tel:  057 868 4800        Fax:  057 868 4757

Email:  info@dataprotection.ie

Website:  https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm

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