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Freedom of Information Act

  • 5 CPD Hours Apex Building, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Business District, Dublin 18 (map)

The Freedom of Information Act gives people the right of access to records held by most public bodies including Government Departments, the HSE and Local Authorities. 

Given that the Act has changed the FOI landscape, FOI officers must keep up to date with decisions of the Information Commissioner, the Information Tribunal and the Courts. As the law continues to develop in this area and case law can set precedent, it is imperative that FOI officers and those with responsibility for decisions regarding FOI within Public Bodies, are aware of their obligations and ensure that they understand how and when exemptions to the Act may be applied, or not and what has to be demonstrated to apply them correctly. 

This course will give an informative overview of the FOI Act and its core provisions, examining the key responsibilities of the FOI officer and give practical advise on common issues such as exemptions, grounds for refusal and dealing with complaints. It will also show delegates the important relationship between FOI, data protection and records management to ensure your operations run as smoothly as possible. 

All attendees will get a chance to engage in an informative Q & A session, and will receive a highly informative course pack, and leave with 5 structured CPD Points.

Course Content

  • An overview of the Freedom of Information Act, its structure and core provisions 

  • Key responsibilities of the FOI Officer

  • The role of the FOI Officer- in practice 

  • Codes of practice 

  • Publication schemes 

  • Exemptions and grounds for refusal 

  • The role, powers and functions of the FOI Officer 

  • Details of relevant Orders made to the 2014 FOI Act 

  • Interaction with data protection and records management 

  • Dealing with complaints 

  • Example of workflows 

Who Should Attend?

This one-day training course is for anyone with responsibility for taking minutes that need to upskill and improve their approach.

Certification

On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Hours. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full five hours.

Cost

This training course costs €395 EARLY-BIRD (Normal rate €495). The price includes course documentation and training pack, teas and coffee, snacks, biscuits, fruit on arrival. Lunch is a light fare containing freshly cut sandwiches, wraps, a selection of teas and coffee. Alternatively, you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops within a one-minute radius of the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.

Earlier Event: October 24
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