Standards and accountability

Comptroller and Auditor General
The Comptroller and Auditor General carries out an audit each year of the State's accounts.

Freedom of information
An outline of the responsibilities of public bodies and other designated bodies under the Freedom of Information Act and your right to access personal information held by the bodies.

Access to environmental information
You have the right to access certain information about the environment and pollutants that may affect it. Find out how to access environmental information.
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Data protection
The role of the Data Protection Commissioner in protecting the privacy rights of individuals under the Data Protection Acts

Office of the Ombudsman
The main duty of the Irish Ombudsman is to investigate complaints made by members of the public about how they have been treated by public bodies in Ireland.

Public petitions
Members of the public can raise issues of general public interest or public policy with the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Regulation of lobbying
The Register of Lobbying is maintained by the Standards in Public Office Commission. Find out who is required to register.

Rights Tribunals
Rights Tribunals are tribunals that make binding decisions about the rights of people in Ireland.

Unconstitutional legislation
The High Court has the power to cancel any law or part of any law that is unconstitutional. Discusses what constitutes unconstitutional legislation and how legislation is judged to be unconstitutional.

Judicial review of public decisions
Public decisions may be judicially reviewed by the High Court to determine whether they are illegal. Find out how to initiate judicial review proceedings.

Judicial review in planning and environmental matters
Public decisions may be judicially reviewed by the High Court to determine whether they are illegal. Find out about judicial review in the environmental and planning areas.
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