Good Decision-Making for Public Bodies, Guide 2: Three fundamental principles


Author: Joanelle O’Cleirigh and Roberta Guiry

This is the second in our new series of Good Decision-Making Guides for Public Bodies. These Guides highlight what is best practice in decision-making and offer simple and practical tips to reduce the risk of challenge to your decisions.

Three fundamental principles

There are three fundamental principles of good decision-making that decision-makers in public bodies must always have in mind when making decisions. The decision-making body must:

  • have the legal power to make the decision.
  • have regard to any relevant factors and exclude any irrelevant considerations.
  • make a rational decision.

In this Guide we look at each of these principles.

Read the full briefing here.


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