Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Ceisteanna (719)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

719. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government 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 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 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. [9294/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The number of Freedom of Information requests received by my Department in the past eight years is detailed in the table. All requests received are accepted and processed. Freedom of Information requests may be granted, part-granted, refused, transferred or withdrawn. Where a requestor is dissatisfied with a decision, they may seek an internal review. Where the requestor is dissatisfied with the outcome of the internal review, they may appeal to the OIC. The numbers appealed to the Office of the Information Commissioner in each of the years is also detailed in the table. The Office of the Information Commissioner has, following review, found in favour of 14 cases, overturned 5 cases and varied the decision in 2 cases. My Department has not appealed any OIC decisions to the High Court or the Court of Appeal.

No. of FOI Requests Received

No of FOI appeals accepted by the OIC

Number of Department decisions affirmed

Number of Department decisions overturned

Number of Department decisions varied

2010

145

figures not recorded

figures not recorded

figures not recorded

figures not recorded

2011

99

figures not recorded

figures not recorded

figures not recorded

figures not recorded

2012

184

2

1

1

0

2013

98

3

2

1

0

2014

180

2

1

0

1

2015

395

3

2

1

0

2016

393

9

6

2

1

2017

351

2

2

0

0