TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
I have on this day, 13th July 2023, submitted, both by email and by registered post, the following formal request under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014:
REQUEST FOR ACCESS TO RECORDS UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, 2014
TELEPHONE 087 3913117
PREFERRED FORM OF ACCESS IS BY POST (ADDRESS ABOVE)
DETAILS OF REQUEST:
In accordance with Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, I request access to records which are of a non-personal nature.
On behalf of the Irish Fishing and Seafood Alliance (IFSA) I hereby request the following records:
Any and all communications that may have taken place between the Department of Justice, Department of Finance, Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine (DAFM) and the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) in relation to permission sought and/or the authorisation given for covert phone surveillance (aka phone ‘tapping’) or any other form of monitoring of phone conversations, verbal interactions or digital exchanges involving any person, persons or organisations in the Irish commercial fishing industry.
Chairman, Irish Fishing & Seafood Alliance (IFSA)
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act provides that from 21 April 1998, every person has the following legal rights:
the right to access official records held by government departments or other public bodies listed in the Act
the right to have personal information held on them corrected or updated where such information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading
the right to be given reasons for decisions taken by public bodies that affect them.
The Act requires public bodies to respond to requests from the public for information they hold.
In most cases, public bodies must give their decision on a request within four weeks of receiving it.