Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Questions (277)

Barry Cowen

Question:

277. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of freedom of information requests made to her Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of requests fully denied by reason; the number of requests partially denied; the number of appeals made against denials; the number of such appeals upheld; the number of such appeals rejected; the number of requests that required a fee; the amount received for freedom of information requests in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50593/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

I am advised that 785 Freedom of Information requests have been received by my Department during the period from January 2016 to date. The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.

FOI Requests Received 2016

Refused

Reasons for Refusals (Section of FOI Act 2014)

Part Granted

Internal Reviews

Upheld

Overturned

Fees charged (including Internal Reviews)

169

40

12(1)(b).15(1)(a),(b),(c),(d),(e).28.29(1).31(1).32(a)(1),(4).35(1),(a),(b).36(1)(a),(b).37(1)(a)

45

7

7

0

€1,722

FOI Requests Received 2017

Refused

Reasons for Refusals (Section of FOI Act 2014)

Part Granted

Internal Reviews

Upheld

Overturned

Fees charged (including Internal Reviews)

158

28

12(1)(b).15(1)(a),(b),(c),(d),(e),(f).28.29(1)(a).31(1)(c).32(a)(1),(4).35(1),(a),(b).36(1)(a),(b),(c).37(1)(a)40.

74

7

6

1

€480

FOI Requests Received 2018

Refused

Reasons for Refusals (Section of FOI Act 2014)

Part Granted

Internal Reviews

Upheld

Overturned

Fees charged (including Internal Reviews)

239

65

12(1)(b).15(1)(a),(b),(c),(d),(e),(f).28.29(1)(a).31(1)(c).32(a)(1),(4).35(1),(a),(b).36(1)(a),(b),(c).37(1)(a)40.

71

5

2

1

€480

FOI Requests Received 2019

Refused

Reasons for Refusals (Section of FOI Act 2014)

Part Granted

Internal Reviews

Upheld

Overturned

Fees charged (including Internal Reviews)

219

40

12(1)(b).15(1)(a),(b),(c),(d),(e),(f).28.29(1)(a).31(1)(c).32(a)(1),(4).35(1),(a),(b).36(1)(a),(b),(c).37(1)(a)40.

57

12

9

1(4 cases still ongoing)

€900