Thursday, 9 September 2021

Questions (84)

Matt Carthy

Question:

84. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications 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. [42963/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The number of Freedom of Information requests my Department has received from 2016 to 2020 and to date in 2021 is set out in the table below.

Year

Number of Freedom of Information Requests

2016

159

2017

195

2018

362

2019

464

2020

184

2021*

139

*up to 08 September 2021

My Department does not maintain statistics relating to different record types, including documents related to text messages and other phone message communications such as messages sent through WhatsApp. This information is not readily available and its compilation would involve a disproportionate amount of time and work.