ESB Networks & Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 applies to ESB Networks DAC.  In its capacity as the licensed Distribution System Operator (DSO). A copy of the Distribution System Operator licence can be downloaded here (PDF | 1 MB).

What is Freedom of Information? (FOI)

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI Act) provides that every person has the right to: 

  • Access records held by FOI bodies (as defined in the FOI Act)
  • Have personal information held on them by an FOI body corrected or updated where such information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading
  • Be provided with reasons for decisions taken by FOI bodies that affect them.

The Act requires FOI bodies to respond to requests for information that they hold. In most cases, public bodies must give their decision on a request within four weeks of receiving it.

FOI bodies are also required to publish information in line with the model publication scheme and are encouraged to publish as much information as possible outside of FOI.

It is important to note that it may not be necessary to make a request for information under the FOI Act. A considerable amount of information is already made available to the public through websites, information leaflets, and publications, and in response to oral and written enquiries.

FOI Act 2014

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