Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Ceisteanna (85)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

85. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of freedom of information requests made to his 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 he will make a statement on the matter. [50594/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

My Department deals with requests for information in accordance with the FOI Acts and the following table sets out the information requested by the Deputy.

2016

2017

2018

2019 (to 02/12/2019)

Number of FOI Requests Received

120

154

140

160

Number of Administrative Refusals (Section 15 and Section 27 of FOI Act)

8

16

35

31

Number of Refusals under Part 4 of FOI Act (Exempt Records) and Part 5 (Restriction of Act)

11

14

12

9

Total number of FOI Requests refused

19

30

47

40

Number of FOI Requests part-granted

29

37

34

42

Number of Internal Reviews affirmed

4

8

2

2

Number of Internal Reviews varied/annulled

0

0

7

1

Amount Received for Internal Review fees

€80

€120

€30

€90

Number of FOI requests to which search and retrieval fees applied.

1

1

0

0

Amount received for search and retrieval fees

€40

€500

n/a

n/a