Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Ceisteanna (204)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

204. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of which were accepted without further escalation and not accepted, respectively; the number of requests which were not accepted that were escalated to the Information Commissioner; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number where the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9296/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The number of Freedom of Information Requests received by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in each of the years 2012 to 2017 (the Department was established during 2011) is set out in the following table.

Year

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Number of FOI requests received

178

99

208

309

349

380

Statistical data in relation to Freedom of Information Requests for Government Departments and all Information Commissioner decisions can be obtained at www.oic.ie.

My Department has never appealed a decision of the Information Commissioner to the High Court.