Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (258)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

258. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the disclosures log made by his Department under freedom of information was last updated; if this is in line with the disclosure policy of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46472/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Freedom of Information Act 2014, requires public bodies to routinely publish disclosure logs detailing requests made to the relevant Department under the Act. The last update to the disclosure log for the Department of Justice and Equality was in December 2015.

My Department has recently undertaken an extensive programme of organisational change. A core element of the transformation programme is a focus on transparency, along with improved external communications and engagement. The Department’s approach to Freedom of Information is consistent with this aim.

As part of this restructuring there is an overall examination of processes underway. This involves a review of the current model in place for dealing with the Freedom of Information requests, including the updating of the disclosure log.