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FOI List of Fees

  • There is no charge for submitting a request.
  • Search and Retrieval – €20 per hour (for requests that exceed the €100 minimum in terms of search, retrieval and copying), see table below.
  • €0.04 per sheet for a photocopy.
  • Internal review fee €30 (€10 for medical card holders).
  • Appeal to the Information Commissioner €50 (€15 for medical card holders).

Bands for estimating search & retrieval (€20 per hour) and photocopying fees (€0.04 per sheet):




Less than 5

€100 or less

No fees can be charged for search & retrieval or copying

Between 5 and 25 €101 - €500

Search & retrieval and copying fees apply

Between 25 and 35

€501 - €700

No more than €500 can be charged for search & retrieval or copying

More than 35

More than €700

The decision maker will contact the requester to ask him/her to refine/amend the request to ensure that the search & retrieval & coping charges are below €700. If the requester refuses to refine/amend the request then the request can be refused under Section 27 (12)(iii).


  1. There is no charge if the records concerned contain only personal information relating to the applicant, unless there are a significant number of records. 
  2. If you are claiming a reduced application fee, the request must be accompanied by the Medical Card registration number, issuing Health Board name and your consent to the verification of these details with that Health Board. 
  3. A full list of fees is available on request.