Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013

Restriction of Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

127.— (1) Without prejudice to the exemption for official documents and private papers, the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 shall not apply to a record relating to a Part 2 inquiry or other committee business unless—

(a) the record was created before the inquiry or other committee business, as the case may be, commenced, or

(b) the record relates to the expenses of the committee or other matters concerning the general administration of the committee.

(2) subsection (1) applies whether the record concerned is held by—

(a) the committee,

(b) the Oireachtas Commission,

(c) a tribunal or commission after being made available to it under section 29 (3), or

(d) any other House or committee after being transferred to it on the dissolution of a tribunal or commission to which the record was made available under section 29 (3).

(3) In this section “record” has the same meaning as in the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.