Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (137)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

137. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if medical information sought by a person (details supplied) which is held by the Defence Forces will be released; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48977/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I am advised by the Military Authorities that the request has been received and the medical information sought will be released. Medical files have a privacy classification of medical in confidence and accordingly must be administered with due care and attention. The delay in releasing the file is due in the first instance to a current backlog in the processing of medical files as a result of a heavy volume of requests, many of which are under a statutory scheme for release of information. Therefore, precedence must be given to such applications. I have requested the Defence Forces to progress this request as quickly as possible.