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The Data Protection Act 1998 and the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 require that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council be responsible for the fair processing of personal data.  This legislation protect the personal privacy and uphold the rights of individuals while also placing certain responsibilities on Council personnel handling personal data. 

When you give personal details to an organisation/individual, you have rights regarding the use of this information and the Council has a duty to keep these details private and safe.

These rights apply when your details are:

  • held on a computer
  • held on paper or other manual form as part of a filing system
  • made up of photographs or video recordings of your image or recordings of your voice.

These rights will help you to make sure that the information stored about you is:

  • factually correct
  • only available to those who should have it, and
  • only used for stated purposes.

When an individual/organisation holds your personal details, you have a right to:

  • have your details used in line with data protection regulations
  • get information about your personal details
  • access your personal details
  • know what personal details are being held
  • change or remove your details
  • prevent use of your personal details
  • remove your details from a direct marketing list
  • object to the use of your personal details
  • get information about the logic involved where automated decision making is the sole basis for an important decision affecting you
  • refuse direct marketing calls or mail



Under Section 3 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to find out, free of charge, if the Council holds information about you.  You also have the right to be given a description of the information and to be told the purpose(s) for holding your information.   The Council must respond to your request under Section 3 within 21 days.


Under Section 4 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to get a copy of your personal information.  This applies to all types of information e.g. written information, CCTV etc.  You are entitled to know where the information was obtained, how it has been used and if it has been passed on to anyone else.


All requests for personal details must be made in writing, either by post, email or fax.  You may be asked for evidence of your identity.  This is to make sure that personal information is not given to the wrong person.  Please address your request to:


Mr. Tom Mahon

Data Protection Officer

Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

DDI:  01 2054787
Fax:  01 2806969
Email:  tmahon@dlrcoco.ie

Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie


In your request, you should give any details that will help the County Council to identify you and find your data e.g. any previous address and/or date of birth.  Also, be clear about which details you are looking for if you are only looking for certain information. 


You should receive these details within 40 days of your request.

A fee may be payable, but it cannot exceed €6.35.

If you feel the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact the organisation's Data Protection Officer, Mr. Tom Mahon.  If you are then not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner – details as follows:


The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
Canal House
Station Road
Co Laois

LoCall:  1890 252 231            Tel:  057 868 4800        Fax:  057 868 4757

Email:  info@dataprotection.ie

Website:  https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm