Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Ceisteanna (243)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

243. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of freedom of information requests made to her Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of requests fully denied by reason; the number of requests partially denied; the number of appeals made against denials; the number of such appeals upheld; the number of such appeals rejected; the number of requests that required a fee; the amount received for freedom of information requests in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50596/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

I am advised that the Department does not maintain statistics on the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests denied by reason.

The remaining information requested by the Deputy is set out in the attached tabular statements.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Tabular Statements

FOI Requests Received: 2016 to End November 2019

Year

Total Received

Requests Granted

Requests Part Granted

Refused

Search & Retrieval Fee

Internal Review Fee

2016

2,089

1,005

821

104

€280

€120

2017

2,443

1,136

932

166

€500

€390

2018

2,510

684

1,275

369

€512

€330

2019 *

2,209

624

1,250

163

€0

€180

* All figures provided for 2019 are preliminary

FOI Decisions Reviewed by Office of the Information Commissioner:

2016 – End November 2019

Year

Total Reviewed

Accepted

Affirmed

Ruled Against

2016

18

13

9

0

2017

39

26

13

1

2018

23

18

5

3

2019 *

22

17

6

0

* All figures provided for 2019 are preliminary