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Legislation imageThe Ombudsman's legal authority to investigate complaints, and to recommend redress where necessary, is set out primarily in the Ombudsman Act 1980.

The Ombudsman Act has been amended a number of times, principally by the Ombudsman (Amendment) Act 1984 and by the Ombudsman (Amendment) Act 2012.

There are also some other Acts and Regulations, including the Disability Act, 2005, whose provisions affect the role of the Ombudsman.

The list of public bodies, whose actions the Ombudsman may investigate, has been amended on a number of occasions but in particular by the Ombudsman Act (First Schedule) (Amendment) Order 1984 and the Ombudsman (Amendment) Act 2012.