Fees are payable for search and retrieval and photocopying in certain cases. Also, a fee applies for Internal Review and for Appeals to the Information Commissioner. (Details specified in Statutory Instrument No. 484/2014)
Search and retrieval costs are €20 per hour; photocopying is charged at €0.04 per sheet. Where the cost of search, retrieval and photocopying is less than €101, no fee is charged. Where the cost of search, retrieval and photocopying is greater than €500 but less than €700, a maximum of €500 applies. Where the cost of search, retrieval and photocopying is greater than €700, the body can refuse to process the request.
There is no charge if the records concerned contain only personal information relating to the applicant, unless there are a significant number of records. A deposit is payable where the estimated cost of search and retrieval exceeds the prescribed minimum level of €101. The deposit will be a minimum of 20% of the estimated search and retrieval costs.
Internal Review – fee
A fee of €30 (€10 for medical card holders) applies where the request was for non-personal information. There is no fee for internal review applications concerning only personal information relating to oneself or in relation to a decision regarding fees.
Review by the Information Commissioner – fee
A fee of €50 (€15 for medical card holders) applies.