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Publication Scheme

Publication Scheme under Freedom of Information Act, 2014


Meath County Council has prepared and published a Publication Scheme concerning the information of the Council in conformity with a Model and Guidelines made by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform under Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act, 2014.

The Scheme comes into effect on the 14th April, 2016.

Purpose of Scheme:

The Scheme is designed to facilitate the provision of information to the greatest extent possible, except for information exempted under the Act and, in preparing, reviewing or revising a Publication Scheme, an FOI body shall have regard to the public interest in:

(a)          allowing public access to information held by the FOI body;

(b)          the publication of reasons for decisions made by the FOI body; and

(c)           publishing information of relevance or interest to the general public in relation  to its activities and functions generally. 

Scheme Format and Access:

The Scheme is web based with links from it to information under six headings as set out below which will be updated as provided for under the Act.  

Six Information Sets:

Information is provided under the following six headings:

A. Information About Meath County Council, 

B. Services Provided by Meath County Council

C. Decision Making Process     

D. Financial Information

E.  Procurement                                

F.  Information Routinely Published and Miscellaneous

Within each of these the following Information will be available:

A.      Information about the FOI Body

Who we are and what we do,   Organisational information , structures, locations and contacts.

In this section FOI Bodies will provide details of:

  1. Establishment of organisation
  2. Roles
  3. Responsibilities 
  4. Functions
  5. Governance arrangements
  6. Management arrangements 
  7. Corporate Plans and Strategies
  8. Annual Report
  9. Organisation Structure
  10. Pay and Grading
  11. Locations and contact details for the organisation
  12. Links to agencies/other bodies under the FOI body’s remit
  13. Details of Service Level Agreements / Memoranda of Understanding, if any
  14. Customer Charters
  15. Codes of Practice or Guidelines

B.      Services Provided or to be provided to the Public

The services we offer: Details of functions and services that the organisation provides and the decision making process

In this section FOI bodies provide details of:

  1. Services provided for public including administration of an enactment / scheme (e.g. grant schemes)
  2. How such services can be accessed
  3. How much such services cost to access, if any
  4. Administration of such services
  5. Review or appeal rights relating to such services
  6. Research projects undertaken in respect of these functions / services

Animal Welfare - Dogs, Horses

Arts Programme

Burial Grounds

Car Parking

Casual Trading

Civil Defence


Dog Warden

Economic Development and Promotion

Educational Support Services

Elections / Electoral Register

Environmental Services

Fire Service

Heritage and Conservation

Higher Education Grants

Housing and Building Service

Housing Grants

Housing Loans


Library Services

Litter Management

Motor Taxation

Planning Services Division

Public Lighting


Recreation and Amenity Facilities


Road Safety

Roads Service


Waste Water

Water Services Division

Noise Pollution


Well Grants

C.      Decision Making process for major policy proposals

How we make decisions on policies: Decision Making processes and records of decisions

In this section FOI bodies provide details of:

    1.    Major policy proposals including any public consultation exercises      

           Local Economic and Community Plan:  LECP

           Meath Public Participation Network: MPPN

           Meath Age Friendly County


     2.    Background information relating to major policy proposals and decisions


            Community SPC 

     3.    Reports on the operation of public services by the FOI body


     4.   Expenditure reviews


     5.   Policy assessments

D.      Financial Information

What we spend: Financial information relating to income and expenditure

FOI bodies provide the following information in this section:

  1. Financial statements
  2. Major plans for Capital Expenditure
  3. Payments or Purchase Orders for goods and services
  4. Governance Board Member remuneration
  5. Funding / Sponsorship of non-public bodies

E.       Procurement

How we spend: Information relating to how we procure goods and services

FOI bodies provide the following details in this section:

  1. Procurement policies
  2. A link to all current tender competitions on the eTenders website
  3. Public contracts awarded including contract type, contractor, value, award date, duration and brief description (tabular format) over €25k for contracts.

F.       FOI Disclosure Log and Other Information to be Published Routinely

Other information:           FOI bodies publish the type of information listed below as appropriate, in addition to any other information that would provide information to the public.

For example:-

  1. FOI Disclosure Log
  2. Reports
  3. Commercial publications and relative charges
  4. Information held by the body which is sought regularly

Further Information:  

For more information on the Publication Scheme please contact the FOI Office at (046) 9097000 or email