Thursday, 9 September 2021

Questions (216)

Matt Carthy

Question:

216. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Finance the number of freedom of information requests responded to by his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2020 and to date in 2021; the number of responses that included documents related to text messages and other phone message communications such as messages sent through an application (details supplied), in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42964/21]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department supplies annual statistics in relation to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests which are granted and part granted to the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC). The OIC publishes this information online.  Annual reports can be found on the OIC website through the following link: www.oic.ie/publications/annual-reports/.

My Department does not retain statistics concerning the source, or classification of individual records contained in the decisions of FOI requests.

However, I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department publishes a Disclosure Log of FOI requests processed in each quarter and my Department's Disclosure Logs are available through the following link: www.gov.ie/en/collection/19fcb4-foi-decisions/.

Furthermore, the following table outlines the amount of FOI decisions granted and part granted by my Department in the period from 2016 to date.

Year

Total Requests Received

Granted

Part Granted

2016

405

91

162

2017

406

72

150

2018

384

40

183

2019

425

45

193

2020

274

27

127

2021 – to date

174

13

66