Thursday, 9 September 2021

Questions (387)

Matt Carthy

Question:

387. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage 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. [42968/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The number of Freedom of Information requests responded to by my Department each year since 2016 is set out in the table below.

Year 

Number of requests responded to 

 2016

 281

 2017

 286

 2018

 371

 2019

 246

 2020

 254

 2021 (as at 3 Sept)

193

In line with the Freedom of Information Act and Code of Practice, my Department publishes a disclosure log of FOI requests on a quarterly basis. The logs are available at: www.gov.ie/en/collection/24ae9-foi-request-logs/.

Details of the FOI requests responded to, including a description of the request, the origin of the request and the decision, are contained in the logs. Information in respect of the sort of documents included in individual responses is not maintained. Its compilation would involve a disproportionate amount of time and work as it would necessitate the examination of each request responded to.

Should the Deputy wish to submit a further more specific question in relation to a particular FOI request, I will endeavour to provide the information.