Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Ceisteanna (365)

Mairéad Farrell

Ceist:

365. Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of requests submitted under freedom of information legislation to her Department in each of the years 2009 to 2019; the average initial estimated cost of FOI requests in each of the years; the quantity and value of estimated costs that were in excess of the overall maximum fee in each year; the quantity of requests in each year pursued by the applicant after having been provided with an initial estimated cost; and the average fee paid by applicants that received information from her Department under FOI legislation in each year, in tabular form (details supplied). [15465/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

My Department in its current configuration was established on 2nd June 2011 bringing together functions previously under the remit of three different Departments.

Details of the number of FOI Requests received by my Department and the charging provisions applicable to such requests are available on my Department’s website at www.chg.gov.ie.

Charges, if any, arising in the case of individual FOI requests are dependent on the nature of the request received. It is the policy of my Department to seek to assist requesters in minimizing or eliminating costs where possible with a view to ensuring efficiency in the operation of the FOI legislation to the mutual benefit of the requester and the Department.

Following a review of FOI requests received during the period specified the information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table below.

Year

Requests

Cases where Fees estimated

Avg Est Costs

Cases where fees paid

Avg Fees Paid

Cases where Est. Fees above Limit

Avg value where Est. Fees above Limit

Notes

2011

34

1

€158

1

€158

0

€0

None

2012

69

9

€134

4

€83

0

€0

Five Requests withdrawn by Requester

2013

56

3

€1,113

1

€63

1

€3,226

Excess Fees waived by Department on appeal. One other request refined and fees reduced.

2014

84

4

€246

2

€84

0

€0

2 Requests withdrawn.

2015

163

15

€483

2

€213

6

€770

Six requests refined and no charges applied. Seven requests withdrawn.

2016

169

10

€606

1

€200

5

€928

Six requests refined and no charges applied. Three requests withdrawn.

2017

158

10

€411

1

€120

2

€700

Five requests refined, four with no charges applied. Four requests withdrawn. One request refused.

2018

242

7

€428

1

€298

1

€800

Four requests refined and no charges applied. Two requests withdrawn.

2019

225

6

€272

0

€0

0

€0

Two requests refined and no charges applied. Three requests withdrawn. One under appeal.