Individuals have the right to access personal and non-personal information held by KCETB in the following ways:
KCETB’s records are the property of the organisation and may only be removed under the following conditions:
Current statutory provisions in legislation allow for disclosure of information. The release of such records/information will be made on the grounds of public interest and of upholding, enforcing and/or administering the law.
The Freedom of Information Act 2014 enables members of the public to obtain access to information in the possession of public bodies, and certain other bodies.
KCETB complies with the requester’s entitlements under the Freedom of Information Act 2014, that include:
If an individual is dissatisfied with the decision made, they may appeal in writing to the internal reviewer, as named in the decision letter, within four weeks of the original decision. A complete decision on the appeal will be sent to the requester within 15 working days of receipt of appeal. If dissatisfied with the internal reviewer’s decision, the requester may appeal directly to the Information Commissioner within six months from the date of the internal reviewer’s decision, for an independent review of the matter to be carried out.
The FOI Act sets out three new legal rights: –
These rights extend to an individual’s own records and, in specific circumstances, to those of their children and deceased relatives. There are exemptions provided for in the Acts, which will be clearly explained.
What records can be accessed under FOI from KCETB?
An individual may make a request for access to records. The request must be in writing, stating that the request is made under the FOI Act, and containing sufficient particulars in relation to the information concerned to enable the record to be identified.
A member of the public has the right to request information regarding acts of public bodies affecting them. A Freedom of Information request is a formal procedure and the public body is required to respond within four weeks. The request will be considered in accordance with the Act having regard to the exemptions provided for.
How do I make an FOI request?
FOI requests should be sent to: FOI Officer Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Kilkenny Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An individual may make a request for access to records. This request must be in writing stating that the request is made under the FOI Act and containing sufficient particulars in relation to the information concerned to enable the record to be identified.
A member of the public has the right to request information regarding acts of public bodies affecting them. A Freedom of Information request is a formal procedure and the public body is required to respond within four weeks. The request will be considered in accordance with the Act having regard to the exemptions provided for which include:
Send the FOI request to:
Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board
Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Kilkenny
The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for a completely new FOI fees regime. The following is a summary of the new fee structure in respect of non-personal requests: –
The main functions of the Information Commissioner can be summarised as:
The Data Protection Acts provide similar rights of access as the FOI Acts, the main difference being that the Data Protection Acts do not apply to records of deceased persons. As with the FOI Acts, these rights extend to an individual’s own personal records and in specific circumstances, to those of their children. There are exemptions provided for in the Acts, this means that there are specific circumstances when the requested information will not be released. If any of these exemptions are used to withhold information, the reasons will be clearly explained to you.
Data Protection is the safeguarding of the privacy rights of individuals in relation to the processing of personal data. An individual supplies information about themselves to many organisations, including the Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB) in order to avail of services or satisfy obligations. For the purpose of Data Protection, such organisations or individuals who control the contents and use of personal data are known as Data Controllers.
Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board, as a Data Controller must adhere to the eight rules of Data Protection. The eight rules, which apply whether the information is held on a computer or in a manual form, are:
An individual must apply in writing and simply refer to the Data Protection Act.
An individual may use either the Freedom of Information Acts or the Data Protection Acts to access personal information held by public bodies. However, the Data Protection Acts apply only to an individual’s own personal information. Also, the Data Protection Acts apply to all holders of personal information, not just public bodies.
Entitlements under the Data Protection Acts:
All requests under the Data Protection Acts must be made in writing and outline the records sought in the greatest detail possible to enable KCETB to identify the relevant records.
Download Freedom of Information Request Form
FOI Disclosures Log
Liam Scott, KCETB Director of Organisation, Support and Development is responsible for ensuring the timely provision of information to members of the Oireachtas. Correspondence will be acknowledged within three working days. Should your enquiry require research or consultation, we will acknowledge receipt of your correspondence and provide a further response within 15 working days. In the spirit of Open Government Partnerships, responses to queries will be published, where appropriate, on the KCETB website. Oireachtas members should direct their queries to:
Liam Scott, Director of Organisation, KCETB, Athy Road, Carlow Email: email@example.com