Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (127)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

127. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of which were accepted without further escalation and not accepted, respectively; the number requested which were not accepted that were escalated to the information commissioner; the number on which the information commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number on which the information commissioner ruled against the Department; the number the Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against the Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by the Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9288/18]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The number of FOI requests received by my Department since January 2010 are set out in the following table.

My Department processes all Freedom of Information requests received and therefore, none have been escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner as a result of not having been processed.

During the period since January 2010, seven FOI decisions made by my Department have been appealed by the requester to the Office of the  Information Commissioner.  Of these appeals to the OIC, in four cases the decision of the Department was affirmed by the OIC, one case was subsequently withdrawn by the requester and closed by the OIC, one decision was annulled and one case was settled by agreement with the party and my Department. 

The Department of Defence has not appealed any decisions of the OIC to the High Court. 

Year

No. Received

2010

63

2011

40

2012

50

2013

40

2014

29

2015

94

2016

120

2017

155

2018 to date

26