Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (661)

Stephen Donnelly


661. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development 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 Office of the Information Commissioner; the number in which the Office of the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person making the freedom of information request; the number in which the Office of the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number in which 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. [9297/18]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Department of Rural and Community Development was established on 19 July 2017. Since then my Department has received a total of twenty-three Freedom of Information requests. 

Nine of these requests were either granted in full or part-granted, with three refused and five withdrawn. The remaining six requests are pending.

To-date, no requests have been escalated from my Department to the Information Commissioner.