The Act sets out a number of provisions to protect sensitive information where its release might damage the interests of the State or of third parties. You may appeal when a Department or Office uses these provisions to withhold information.

You may also appeal decisions about deferral (postponement), charges, forms of access, refusal to correct a record that contains personal information, refusal to give reasons and so on.

The appeal procedures are as follows:

Section 24 of the Act allows for an appeal to the High Court.

For more information on your right of appeal see section 24 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.


Please see the Contact Us page for further contact details if you have any queries in relation to the above.

If you are not satisfied with the internal review decision you may seek an independent review by the Information Commissioner under section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act.

You may also seek a review by the Information Commissioner if you have not received a reply to your internal review request within 3 weeks.

Applications in writing may be made directly to the Information Commissioner at the following address;

Office of the Information Commissioner,
6 Earlsfort Terrace.,
Dublin 2,
D02 W773.

Phone +353 1 639 5689


You may seek an internal review of the first decision if:

  • you are unhappy with the first reply received - that is, refusal of the information, form of access, charges, etc.,


  • you have not received a reply within 4 weeks of your initial application. This is treated as a refusal of your request and allows you to look for an internal review.

An official at a higher level will carry out this internal review.

There is a fee of €30 for internal review requests. A reduced fee of €10 is payable by medical card holders. You will find more information in the fees section.

Requests for internal review

You should send your written request for internal review to:

Freedom of Information Office
The Courts Service
15/24 Phoenix Street North
Dublin 7.

You must make a request for internal review within 4 weeks of the first decision.

We will complete the internal review within 3 weeks.