Section 53 | Form of request

(1) A request for access to a record of a private body must be made in the prescribed form to the private body concerned at its address, fax number or electronic mail address. 

(2) The form for a request for access prescribed for the purposes of subsection (1) must at least require the requester concerned – 

(a) to provide sufficient particulars to enable the head of the private body concerned to identify – 

(i) the record or records requested; and 

(ii) the requester; 

(b) to indicate which form of access is required; 

(c) to specify a postal address or fax number of the requester in the Republic; 

(d) to identify the right the requester is seeking to exercise or protect and provide an explanation of why the requested record is required for the exercise or protection of that right; 

(e) if, in addition to a written reply, the requester wishes to be informed of the decision on the request in any other manner, to state that manner and the necessary particulars to be so informed; and 

(f) if the request is made on behalf of a person, to submit proof of the capacity in which the requester is making the request, to the reasonable satisfaction of the head.