Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (76)

Barry Cowen

Question:

76. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade 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. [48208/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

My Department takes a proactive approach to the publication of official information and regularly updates its Freedom of Information Publication Scheme. This provides information about the Department, including activities and policies. The scheme includes links to relevant pages on our official website. My Department is committed to making available as much information as possible as part of our normal business activities and to review and update this information periodically as required.

Information on payments for goods and services valued at €20,000 or more is published quarterly in arrears and can be found in the publication scheme. The last update was in July.

A central tenet of my Department's commitment to transparency and accountability is the public disclosure of all non-personal Freedom of Information requests.  The policy is to publish all non-personal Freedom of Information requests and the responses on the website of the Department. Where records pertaining to the request exist, the associated schedule of records is also published. Records that have been granted or part-granted are made available to the public on request. The most recent update on the  website includes all requests up to the end of August this year.