10. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the status of the work being carried out at Beaumont Hospital in respect of publishing a freedom of information disclosure log, as per the Freedom of Information Act 2014, on the hospital’s website; if this process will be expedited; the timeframe for completion; if he will direct the hospital to publish as much information as possible in an open and accessible manner on a routine basis outside of freedom of information; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6097/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information)

Deputy Alan Kelly: This is a very specific question. It asks the Minister the status of the work being carried out at Beaumont Hospital in respect of publishing a freedom of information disclosure log, as per the Freedom of Information Act 2014, on the hospital’s website; if this process will be expedited; the timeframe for completion; if he will direct the hospital to publish as much information as possible in an open and accessible manner on a routine basis outside of freedom of information; ...

112. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6889/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The number of Freedom of Information requests received in my Department in the years concerned are:
2013 40
2014 29
2015 94
2016 120
2017 154
Time spent dealing with Freedom of Information requests forms part of the normal duties of officials. As this time is not monitored separately, it is not possible to calculate the ...

117. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6893/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The number of freedom of information requests received by my Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017 is set out in the table below.
In general, officers of my Department respond to freedom of information requests within 20 working days. However, from time to time due to the nature and/or number of records it is not possible to respond to a request for access within the time limits as set out in the Freedom of Inform...

127. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Finance the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6892/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I have set out below in the following table the number of requests received in each year, those closed within the time limits and those closed outside the original time limits:
 Year Total incoming Closed within time limit Closed outside original  limit 2013 220 126 94 2014 166 106 60 2015 413 239 174 2016 405 294 111 2017 406 286 100 

20 Freedom of Information requests from 2017 remain live. 
Requests may be closed outside ...

131. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6656/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The number of freedom of information requests received by my Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017 is set out in the following table:
 Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Number of FOI requests received 99 208 309 349 380 

A determination on a Freedom of Information request must be provided within 20 days after the receipt of the request and the majority handled by my Department are completed within this p...

145. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6890/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The number of freedom of information requests received by my Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017 is set out in the table. 
Dealing with FOI requests forms part of the standard duties of officials and the time spent on processing such requests is not monitored separately. 
 Year No of FOI request received ‘The number of requests for these years  that ran beyond the deadline for the request’, i.e. where the period of  c...

174. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request`; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6896/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the following table:
 Year Number of Requests Number of decisions issued 2013 550 573 2014 920 864 2015 941 950 2016 583 591 2017 796 780 

The number of decisions issued per annum includes a carryover of live cases from the previous year.
Dealing with Freedom of Information requests is part of the daily work of staff across my Department so the time spent proces...

179. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of freedom of information requests received by her Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by her Department; the number of requests to her Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6886/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The total number of FOI requests received by my Department and its Offices in each of the years 2013 to 2017 and the average time taken to complete these requests are set out in the table. 
I can confirm that all of the FOI requests received were decided upon within the prescribed timeframes prescribed in the Freedom of Information Acts 1997, 2003 and 2014. 
 Year Total Number of FOI Requests Received Total N...

244. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6894/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Time spent dealing with Freedom of Information Requests forms part of the normal duties of officials in my Department and the time spent processing such requests is not monitored separately.
My Department endeavours to comply with the legislation in relation to the time-frame for completing requests (i.e. 20 working days from the date of receipt of the request). Information in relation to the number of requests which may not have been completed within ...

249. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6885/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The number of Freedom of Information requests received by my Department from 2013 to 2017 is set out in the table.
My Department does not maintain records in respect of the average time taken to complete Freedom of Information requests and accordingly is not in a position to provide that particular piece of data requested by the Deputy.
Section 14 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 allows the standard 4 week (20 working da...

254. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6887/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Table provides details of the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests received, along with the number of requests responded to outside of the time limits specified in the Freedom of Information Acts, during the period from 2013 to 2017 inclusive.
Dealing with FOI requests forms part of the usual duties of officials and the time spent on processing such requests can vary considerably depending on the ...

261. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6898/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The information requested by the Deputy in respect of FOIs received by my Department for the years 2013 to 2017 is set out as follows:
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport - FOI Requests received 2013 to 2107
 -       2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   Total 84 95 242 302  344 Monthly Average 7.0 7.9 20.2 25.2 28.7 

My Department does not have data readily available in relation to the average time ...

268. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6897/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Department of Rural and Community Development was established on 19 July 2017 and from that date to 31 December 2017, it received a total of 14 Freedom of Information requests, during the remaining 5.5 months of 2017.
Of these 14 requests, 5 were withdrawn, and the average time taken to complete the processing of the remaining 9 requests was 18 days. I can confirm that there were no requests that ran beyond the deadline for...

282. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of freedom of information requests received by her Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by her Department; the number of requests to her Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6891/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The number of freedom of information (FOI) requests received in the Department is set out in the table:
Number of Freedom of Information (FOI) Requests Received in the Dept 2013 - 2017
 YEAR PERSONAL NON-PERSONAL MIXED TOTAL 2013 2,060 84 4 2,148 2014 2,070 119 4 2,193 2015 1,932 223 1 2,156 2016 1,848 231 10 2,089 2017 2,280 343 18 2,641 

Regarding the average time taken, and the numbe...

288. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6895/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The following table gives details of the number of FOI requests received in each of the past five years:
 Year Number of FOI Requests 2013 111 2014 180 2015 395 2016 393 2017 351 

My Department does not routinely collate the information in relation to the average time taken to complete requests in a given year. 
However, in respect of 2017, an analysis of requests received by my Department up to 3...

294. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of freedom of information requests received by her Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by her Department; the number of requests to her Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6888/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The information that the Deputy has requested regarding the number of Freedom of Information requests received by in this department for each of the years 2013 to 2017 is detailed in the table.
 Year FOI Requests received  2013  56 2014  84 2015 163 2016 169 2017 158 

It is the policy of this Department to answer all Freedom of Information requests within 20 working days. However, this timeframe, and...

246. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number which were accepted without further escalation and not accepted respectively; the number requested which were not accepted that were escalated to the Information Commissioner; the number of those in which the Data Protection Commissioner ruled in favour of the freedom of information request applicant; the number of those in which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number of those to which his department appealed to the High Court; the number of those in which the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number of those which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6250/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department processes all Freedom of Information requests received and has dealt with a total of 799 requests in the period from 2010 to 2017 inclusive.  As all requests are dealt with on receipt, none have been escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner as a result of not having been processed. The Data Protection Commissioner has not been involved with any departmental Freedom of Information re...

79. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the Information Commissioner’s recent rulings (details supplied) in favour of an organisation against his Department on a number of freedom of information requests pertaining to migrant non-EU fishers. (Question 5660/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Requests)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 79 and 83 together.
I am advised by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INIS) of my Department that the decision of the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) referred to by the Deputy was notified to the Department on 25 January.  While it would not be appropriate for me to comment on a ruling of the Information Commissioner the Department will, of course, be complying with the terms of t...

83. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason his Department has not yet provided an organisation’s (details supplied) representative with files sought in view of the ruling by the Information Commissioner against his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5661/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Requests)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 79 and 83 together.
I am advised by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INIS) of my Department that the decision of the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) referred to by the Deputy was notified to the Department on 25 January.  While it would not be appropriate for me to comment on a ruling of the Information Commissioner the Department will, of course, be complying with the terms of t...

353. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the reason the HSE does not operate a single foi@hse.ie email address for FOI requests; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5476/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Requests)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Health Service Executive (HSE) is an independent body for the purposes of compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2014.
While the use of a generic email, in Freedom Of Information Units, is not a statutory requirement, it is considered, by the Central Policy Unit in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, that it is best practice for bodies to have such email addresses in place.
I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply dire...

36. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to reform freedom of information legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2335/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Freedom of Information Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy may be aware, an extensive review of the operation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) framework fed into the development of the FOI Act 2014 which introduced a modernised, consolidated, restructured and more accessible FOI system. The Act, alongside an FOI Code of Practice, seeks to bring about greater efficiency, consistency and promote best practice in the operation of FOI throughout public bodies. 
FOI gives...

1510. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the reason for a delay of more than two years with a freedom of information application lodged by a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1705/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Freedom of Information Requests)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department has not received the Freedom of Information request to which the Deputy refers.
 ...

5. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to outline his plans to reform freedom of information legislation. (Question 53245/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Freedom of Information Legislation)

Deputy Mick Wallace: The questions relate to the current freedom of information legislation. Is the Minister satisfied that the legislation is functioning properly? Will the Minister consider amending section 44 of the Act so that he can instruct the Information Commissioner to carry out a review of the operation of the Act?
My interactions with numerous freedom of information departments, State bodies and Departments lead me to believe the legislation is not working. I do not believe this so...

9. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has satisfied himself with the functioning of the freedom of information system in place under the Freedom of Information Act 2014; if he will consider amending section 44 of the Act to confer power on the Minister to instruct the Information Commissioner to carry out a review of the operations of the Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53475/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Freedom of Information Legislation)

Deputy Mick Wallace: The questions relate to the current freedom of information legislation. Is the Minister satisfied that the legislation is functioning properly? Will the Minister consider amending section 44 of the Act so that he can instruct the Information Commissioner to carry out a review of the operation of the Act?
My interactions with numerous freedom of information departments, State bodies and Departments lead me to believe the legislation is not working. I do not believe this so...

18. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has satisfied himself that section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 is functioning properly; if all agencies that come under freedom of information legislation following the Act are applying fees and charges for FOI requests in an open and transparent manner; if guidelines are issued to the agencies with regard to calculating fees and charges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53476/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Freedom of Information Legislation)

Deputy Mick Wallace: The questions relate to the current freedom of information legislation. Is the Minister satisfied that the legislation is functioning properly? Will the Minister consider amending section 44 of the Act so that he can instruct the Information Commissioner to carry out a review of the operation of the Act?
My interactions with numerous freedom of information departments, State bodies and Departments lead me to believe the legislation is not working. I do not believe this so...