Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (312)

Barry Cowen


312. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the date of each review and revision of the material published under the publication scheme of his Department as outlined in section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48213/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act requires Departments to review and update its Publication Scheme within three years of publication. My Department's first Publication Scheme was published in September 2018, in accordance with the guidance published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and will be updated as required under the legislation.

The Act also makes provision for material published under the Scheme to be reviewed and revised on at least an annual basis. Currently my Department publishes:

- details of ministerial expenses

- the diaries of ministers and the secretary general of the Department

- logs of Freedom of Information requests received

- Prompt payments reports and details of payments made in excess of €20,000

In each case, the above are updated quarterly in arrears and published on my Department's website on