Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information and EirGrid

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 is in place to ensure governmental departments and listed public bodies make the information they hold available to the public.

EirGrid became subject to FOI on October 14, 2015. EirGrid’s approach to FOI is to be open and transparent, and to positively manage our obligations to respond to requests for information.

Freedom of Information and you

The Freedom of Information Act gives individuals the following rights:

The right to access official records held by governmental departments and listed public bodies.

The right to have personal information relating to them amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading.

The right to be supplied with reasons for decisions made or taken by governmental departments and listed public bodies that affect them.

There are exemptions in the FOI Act where the requested information will not be released, for example: to protect another individual’s privacy rights. If any exemptions are necessary, the reasons will be provided and explained to you by the EirGrid FOI Unit. These are also detailed in the FOI Act.

How to make a Freedom of Information Request

FOI requests must:

  • Specify that the request is being made under the Freedom of Information Act;
  • Give as much detail as possible to support your request to enable us to process it efficiently;
  • Include your return address;
  • Detail the format by which you would like to receive your response (i.e email, postal, etc).

FOI requests can be submitted electronically to FOI@Eirgrid.com or by post to FOI Officer, FOI Unit, EirGrid, Block 2, The Oval, Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4.

We are committed to accountability and transparency in our operations. We will endeavour to publish any information released under the Freedom Of Information Act 2014 on our website, whilst having regard to the right to privacy.

Recently Released Information

We are committed to accountability and transparency in our operations. We will endeavour to publish any information released under the Freedom Of Information Act 2014 on our website, whilst having regard to the right to privacy.

You can find some of our recently released FOI responses here.

Publications Scheme

Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 requires FOI bodies to prepare and publish as much information as possible in an open and accessible manner on a routine basis outside of FOI, having regard to the principles of openness, transparency and accountability as set out in Sections 8(5) and 11(3) of the Act. This allows for the publication or giving of records outside of FOI provided that such publication or giving of access is not prohibited by law. The scheme commits FOI bodies to make information available as part of their normal business activities in accordance with this scheme.

You can find our publications scheme here.