Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (115)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

115. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of freedom of information requests in which his Department made a decision to deny; and the number in which the Information Commissioner overturned the decision of his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [51462/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The information requested by the Deputy is provided in tabular format below. The total number of requests refused includes cases refused on the grounds the record requested did not exist.

In the interest of transparency and openness, details of all non-personal FOI requests which have been granted, part granted or refused are made available on my Department's website. In each case the response letter and schedule of records are published.

2016

Number of FOI requests received

214

Number of FOI requests refused

22

Number of FOI requests part granted

66

Number of FOI requests referred to Office of the Information Commissioner for review

3

Office of the Information Commissioner reviews (Decision affirmed)

3

Office of the Information Commissioner reviews (Decision Overturned)

0

2017

Number of FOI requests received

262

Number of FOI requests refused

29

Number of FOI requests part granted

75

Number of FOI requests referred to Office of the Information Commissioner for review

5

Office of the Information Commissioner reviews (Decision affirmed)

4

Office of the Information Commissioner reviews (Decision overturned)

1

2018

Number of FOI requests received

320

Number of FOI requests refused

42

Number of FOI requests part granted

91

Number of FOI requests referred to Office of the Information Commissioner for review

2

Office of the Information Commissioner reviews (Decision affirmed)

1

Office of the Information Commissioner reviews (Decision varied)

1

2019

Number of FOI requests received (up to 30th September)

286

Number of FOI requests refused

54

Number of FOI requests part granted

94

Number of FOI requests referred to Office of the Information Commissioner for review

11

Office of the Information Commissioner reviews (Decision affirmed)

3

Office of the Information Commissioner reviews (Under consideration)

8