The Freedom of Information Act 2014 offers you access on request, to certain records held by the Authority.
The Adoption Authority of Ireland is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 – 2014 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 do not apply to ‘records concerning, or arising from, the making of an adoption order or in the recognition of an intercountry adoption effected outside the State, within the meaning of the Adoption Act 2010'.
Generally speaking, this means, that the Acts do not apply to individual adoption records but that they do apply to all other records relating to the activities of the Authority and the former Adoption Board from 21 April 2008 onwards.
The Adoption Authority of Ireland publishes a list of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests received. You can access the list here.
Requests for the release of information under the Acts should be made in writing to:
Corporate Services Unit
Adoption Authority of Ireland