81. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to include the Dublin Airport Authority, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus under the freedom of information legislation in view of the fact Irish Rail is included under the legislation. (Question 16869/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Freedom of Information Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides a very broad definition of public bodies at Section 6(1) and further provides that all new public bodies comprehended by this definition will automatically come under freedom of information (FOI) legislation, unless specifically exempted by order. This reversed the system under previous legislation whereby new bodies would have to be brought into the scope of the legislation by order...

3. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach the number of freedom of information, FOI, requests received by his Department in 2017; the number of staff working in this section; the number of requests that have been refused and the number appealed. (Question 9878/18 asked on 07 Mar 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

The Taoiseach: In 2017, my Department received 344 freedom of information, FOI, requests. Forty two requests were refused and no records were held in relation to 63 requests. There were 12 requests for internal review and two appeals to the Information Commissioner. 
There has been a significant increase in the number of FOI requests received in my Department since the new Freedom of Information Act came into operation in 2014. I acknowledge the Deputy’s central role in the expansion of the...

100. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Taoiseach the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number that were accepted without further escalation and not accepted, respectively; the number of requests not accepted that were escalated to the Information Commissioner; the number in respect of which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number in respect of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number in respect of which the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; and the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department. (Question 9298/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

The Taoiseach: My Department received 1,619 freedom of information requests from the start of 2010 to 23 February 2018. During this period there were 57 requests for internal review and 17 appeals by requesters to the Information Commissioner.
In relation to the 17 appeals, the Information Commissioner affirmed my Department’s decision in 5 cases while in 3 cases my Department’s decision was varied or annulled. 8 appeals were either withdrawn by requesters or settled after they were referred t...

127. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of 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 on which the information commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number on which the information commissioner ruled against the Department; the number the Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against the Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by the Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9288/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The number of FOI requests received by my Department since January 2010 are set out in the following table.
My Department processes all Freedom of Information requests received and therefore, none have been escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner as a result of not having been processed. 
During the period since January 2010, seven FOI decisions made by my Department have been appealed by the requester to the Off...

137. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of freedom of information requests the Department has received in the past eight years; the number of 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 on which the information commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number on which the information commissioner ruled against the Department; the number the Department appealed to the High Court; the number on which the High Court ruled against the Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by the Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9292/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Office of the Information Commissioner keeps the operation of the Freedom of Information Act under review and publishes relevant statistics in its Annual Reports. I am pleased to inform the Deputy that, to date, for the 1,096 freedom of information requests received by my Department in the period 2010 to 2017 inclusive the Office of the Information Commissioner did not vary or annul any Department decisions referred ...

154. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Finance the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of 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 which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9291/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, the following table provides the requested information where such statistics have been collated and are available: 
 Year Total FoI requests received  Total FoI requests  granted, and part granted Total FoI   requests refused, withdrawn, transferred  to another public body or   handled outside FOI Total FoI requests appealed internally  Total successful appeals  Total part successful a...

196. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if organisations (details supplied) are covered by the Freedom of Information Act 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9549/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Remit)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Freedom of Information Act 2014 extended the remit of the legislation to a further 70 public bodies, bringing the overall total to some 600 bodies comprehended by the Act. The Act provides a very broad definition of public bodies at Section 6(1) and a body meeting that definition is an FOI Body unless they are otherwise explicitly exempted.
The Act further provides that all new public bodies comprehended by this definition...

204. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of which were accepted without further escalation and not accepted, respectively; the number of requests which were not accepted that were escalated to the Information Commissioner; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number where the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9296/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The number of Freedom of Information Requests received by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in each of the years 2012 to 2017 (the Department was established during 2011) is set out in the following table. 
 Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Number of FOI requests received 178 99 208 309 349 380 

Statistical data in relation to Freedom of Information Requests for Government Departments and ...

225. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of which were accepted without further escalation and not accepted, respectively; the number of requests which were not accepted that were escalated to the Information Commissioner; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number where the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9289/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Requests)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department received a total of 4,476 Freedom of Information requests in the period 2010 to 2017 inclusive.  
The information requested by the Deputy for the eight year period in question is set out in the following tables.
 Number of Freedom of Information requests received 4,476 Number of internal reviews of decisions sought 163 Number of review decisions appealed to the Office of the Information Commissioner 48 

Outco...

298. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of which were accepted without further escalation and not accepted, respectively; the number requested that were not accepted and were escalated to the Information Commissioner; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9295/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department processes all Freedom of Information requests received. From 1 January 2010 - 31 December 2017 my Department has received 5,580 requests. 
All requests are dealt with upon receipt and therefore none have been escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner as a result of not being processed.
During this timeframe, the Office of the Information Commissioner reviewed 146 FoI decisions made by my Department. Colla...

358. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of freedom of information requests her Department has received in the past eight years; the number of 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 which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against her Department; the number her Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against her Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9286/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys)(Deputy Heather Humphreys): The information requested by the Deputy relating to the freedom of information (FOI) requests received by my Department and its Offices over the period 2010 to 2017 is set out in the following tables.
None of the FOI request received in my Department during the period in question have been the subject of proceedings in the High Court.
 FOI Requests Received by the Department of Business, Enterp...

383. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of 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 which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9293/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Requests)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): My Department processes all Freedom of Information requests received and has dealt with a total of 2,179 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.
Details of finalised, non-personal requests received over the past 5 years can be accessed on my Department’s website.
The Office of the Infor...

533. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 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 which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9285/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Freedom of Information data requested is set out in the following table. 
In relation to your request for data concerning appeals, I have included data on both internal reviews carried out by more senior members of staff within my Department and on appeals to the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC). 
If a requester is not satisfied with the response of my Department to any aspect of his/her request for information...

594. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of 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 which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9299/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The information sought by the Deputy is being collated and will be forwarded within 10 working days. If the information is not received within this timeframe please contact my private office.
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656. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of freedom of information requests her Department has received in the past eight years; the number of 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 which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against her Department; the number her Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against her Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9287/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department was established in June 2011, and the number of freedom of information requests received since then is set out below.  All requests received were accepted and processed, and none have been escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner. 
Following requests being processed, no requests were escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner, and there have been no court cases relating to freedom of inf...

661. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of which were accepted without further escalation and not accepted, respectively; the number requested which were not accepted that were escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner; the number in which the Office of the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person making the freedom of information request; the number in which the Office of the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number in which the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9297/18 asked on 27 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. Since then my Department has received a total of twenty-three Freedom of Information requests. 
Nine of these requests were either granted in full or part-granted, with three refused and five withdrawn. The remaining six requests are pending.
To-date, no requests have been escalated from my Department to the Information Commissioner.
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671. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of freedom of information requests her Department has received in the past eight years; the number accepted without further escalation and not accepted, respectively; the number requested which were not accepted that were escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner; the number in which the Office of the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person making the freedom of information request; the number in which the Office of the Information Commissioner ruled against her Department; the number her Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against her Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9290/18 asked on 27 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 in the past 8 years which were granted, part-granted or refused is set out in table 1.
 The number of FOI requests where a review by the OIC was requested in the past 8 years which were accepted and the decision to affirm or rule against is set out in table 2.
There were none appealed to the High Court or to the Court of Appeal from this De...

719. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of 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 which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his department; the number his department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against his department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9294/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The number of Freedom of Information requests received by my Department in the past eight years is detailed in the table. All requests received are accepted and processed. Freedom of Information requests may be granted, part-granted, refused, transferred or withdrawn. Where a requestor is dissatisfied with a decision, they may seek an internal review. Where the requestor is dissatisfied with the outcome of the intern...

784. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of freedom of information requests her Department has received in the past eight years; the number of 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 which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against her Department; the number her Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against her Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9300/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the period since the establishment of my Department on 2 June 2011 is set out in the following table.
 Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Total number of requests received 27 69 56 84 163 169 158 Number of Requests Responded to in accordance with FOI Act 25 51 47 63 142 132 131 Requests withdrawn by Requester or han...

44. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the reason his Department is failing to release two freedom of information requests (details supplied) which were requested in August 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9046/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Requests)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department endeavours to comply with the decision deadlines set out in the Freedom of Information Act 2014. However, the scope of work of the Department, especially in preparing the Budget, the Finance Bill, and associated Oireachtas briefings, sometimes delays the processing of freedom of information requests. 
In relation to the two freedom of information requests referred to by the Deputy, I can confirm that the requests concerned are under ac...

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...