From its establishment on January 1, 2005, the Health Service Executive in its entirety will be a public body under the Freedom of Information Act, 1997.

The Health Act 2004 contains a number of provisions relating to the application of FOI to the Executive (PDF). The position can be summarised as follows.

In anticipation of more detailed advice over the coming weeks the public is advised to make FOI requests to the health facility or office to which they would have made the request in 2004.