Notice - Freedom of Information
Application of Freedom of Information Acts 1997-2004 to Adoption Authority
The Adoption Authority of Ireland will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 -2004 with effect from 21 April 2015.
Section 2 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014, states that the ‘effective date’ for an agency like the Adoption Authority of Ireland shall be 21 April 2008, that is, the Act shall only apply to records created by the Authority after 21 April 2008.
Furthermore, the 2014 Act designates the Adoption Authority of Ireland as a ‘Partially Included Agency’. This means that the Acts to do not apply to ‘records concerning, or arising from, the making of an adoption order or in the recognition of an intercountry adoption order effected outside the State, within the meaning of the Adoption Act 2010. In general, this means that the Acts do not apply to individual adoption records but they do apply to all other records relating to the activities of the Authority and the former Adoption Board from 21 April 2008.
Request for the release of information under the Acts should be made to:-
Corporate Services Unit
Adoption Authority of Ireland