I refer to the request which you have made under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 for records held by this Department/Body. I refer also to the acknowledgement of your request which was sent to you on [Enter the date of the acknowledgement letter].

I am writing to advise you that it is necessary to extend the period for consideration of your request by [x weeks]. The reason(s) for this extension are [reasons]. This is based/These are based on Section 9 of the Act, which permits an extension of up to four weeks if:

(a) the request relates to such number of records, or

(b) the number of other requests under section 7 relating either to the record or records to which the specified request relates or to information corresponding to that to which the specified request relates or to both that have been made to the public body concerned before the specified request was made to it and in relation to which a decision under section 8 has not been made is such, that compliance with that subsection within the period specified therein is not reasonably possible.

This means that you can now expect to receive your decision by [date x].

IN THE CASE OF A REQUEST FOR NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION, INSERT THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH:

You may appeal this decision by writing to the Information Commissioner at 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. There is a fee of €150[€50] [delete as applicable] in respect of such an appeal. If you wish to appeal, you must do so not later than 2 weeks after receiving this letter. A week is defined in the Act to mean 5 consecutive weekdays, excluding Saturdays and public holidays (Sundays are also excluded as they are not weekdays). Should you write to the Information Commissioner making an appeal, please refer to this letter. If an appeal is made by you, the Information Commissioner will fully investigate and consider the matter and issue a fresh decision.

IN THE CASE OF A REQUEST FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION, INSERT THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH:

You may appeal this decision by writing to the Information Commissioner at 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. If you wish to appeal, you must do so not later than 2 weeks after receiving this letter. A week is defined in the act to mean 5 consecutive weekdays, excluding Saturdays and public holidays (Sundays are also excluded as they are not weekdays). Should you write to the Information Commissioner making an appeal, please refer to this letter. If an appeal is made by you, the Information Commissioner will fully investigate and consider the matter and issue a fresh decision.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, please contact me by telephone on number [number].