Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (154)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

154. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Finance 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 of which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9291/18]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

In response to the Deputy's question, the following table provides the requested information where such statistics have been collated and are available:

Year

Total FoI requests received 

Total FoI requests  granted, and part granted

Total FoI   requests refused, withdrawn, transferred  to another public body or   handled outside FOI

Total FoI requests appealed internally 

Total successful appeals 

Total part successful appeals 

Affirmed original decision

Total FoI requests appealed to OIC 

Total   successful appeals 

Total part successful appeals 

Affirmed original decision

2018

65***

20

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2017

406**

222

172

9

0

4

5

1

1

0

0

2016

405

266

139

9

0

4

5

4

0

0

4

2015

413

252

161

15

0

4

11

7

1

1

5

2014

165

103

62

4

0

2

2

4

 

 

 

2013

220

189

31

13

0

4

9

7

 

 

 

2012

265

194

71

4

0

3

1

3

 

 

 

2011*

258

185

73

7

0

3

3

2

 

 

 

2010*

337

286

51

11

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

* 2010 and 2011 figures include FOI cases that would now fall under the remit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

** 12 Cases received in 2017 are actively being completed

*** 31 Cases are active for 2018

Freedom of Information Disclosure Logs are available on the Departments website at: www.finance.gov.ie/foi/foi-requests/.