The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until further notice. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Publication Scheme under Freedom of Information Act 2014

INTRODUCTION

Offaly County Council has, under Section 8 of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014, prepared and published this Publication Scheme in conformity with the model scheme and guidelines made by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

This Publication Scheme came into effect on 14th April 2016.

PURPOSE OF THE PUBLICATION SCHEME

The scheme is designed to facilitate the publication or provision of records outside of FOI provided that such publication or provision is not prohibited by law. Its aim is to publish as much information as possible in an open, transparent and accessible manner on a routine basis. In preparing, reviewing or revising this Publication Scheme, Offaly County Council shall have regard to:

    1. Allowing public access to information held by Offaly County Council
    2. The publication of reasons for decisions made by Offaly County Council, and
    3. Publishing information of relevance or interest to the general public in relation to its activities and functions generally.

FORMAT AND ACCESS

In order to ensure that this Publication Scheme is easily accessible to the public it is being displayed on Offaly County Council’s website. In addition a printed version of the scheme is available to view at 24 hour’s notice during opening hours at Offaly County Council, Aras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, R35 F893.

Information contained in the Publication Scheme is grouped into the following 6 headings:

    1. Information about Offaly County Council
    2. Functions and Public Services provided or to be provided
    3. Decision Making Process for Major Policy Proposals
    4. Financial Information
    5. Procurement
    6. FOI Disclosure Log and Information Routinely Published

 This information is being provided primarily by way of a link to information held elsewhere on Offaly County Council’s Website.

- 1. Information about Offaly County Council

Provides the following information on who we are and what we do:

Offaly County Council was established under the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898. Its role and responsibilities include:

  • Providing a democratic forum for local governance;
  • Delivering an extensive range of public services that are necessary for economic, social, community and cultural development within the county;
  • Acting as a regulatory and enforcement authority.

Further information is provided under the following headings;

  - 2. Functions and Services Provided

Information on the functions carried out by Offaly County Council and the services it provides are outlined under the following headings:

Each of these headings provides details of:

  • Public services provided by Offaly County Council (or by another party on its behalf)
  • How services are provided and administered
  • How services may be accessed or applied for
  • Fees or charges if any for access to services
  • Review or appeal rights relating to services

Details of research projects undertaken in respect of functions/services, where available, are also provided.

- 3. Decision Making Process for Major Policy Proposals

Provides the following information on how we make decisions on policies:

 -  4. Financial Information

Provides the following information on our income and expenditure:

- 5. Procurement Information

Provides the following information on how we procure goods and services:

  1. Procurement policy - as follows  
  2. Current tender competitions on the e-tenders website
  3. Public contracts awarded - Provides, on a quarterly basis, details of contracts that exceed €10,000 for information and communications technology and €25,000 for all other competitions. Includes details, for each contract, of:
        • Whether it is an award for a single contract or an award from a framework  
        • Name and address of winning contractor  
        • Value of the contract  
        • Type of contract (works, supplies, services)  
        • Contract award date  
        • Duration of contract (in months)  
        • Brief description of contract

- 6. FOI Disclosure Log and Routinely Published Information

Provides the following information on FOI requests processed and other miscellaneous information that is routinely published:

      • Freedom of Information Disclosure Logs - Provides details of decisions made in relation to previous FOI requests for access to non-personal records
      • Offaly Information Portal - Provides access to a number of information rich resources, interactive maps and data sets about all aspects of the Count
      • Reports (various miscellaneous reports)
      • Commercial publications and relative charges

The following information held by Offaly County Council that is sought regularly: