Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Ceisteanna (661)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

661. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development 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 requested which were not accepted that were escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner; the number in which the Office of the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person making the freedom of information request; the number in which the Office of the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number in which 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. [9297/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The Department of Rural and Community Development was established on 19 July 2017. Since then my Department has received a total of twenty-three Freedom of Information requests. 

Nine of these requests were either granted in full or part-granted, with three refused and five withdrawn. The remaining six requests are pending.

To-date, no requests have been escalated from my Department to the Information Commissioner.