Written answers

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Department of Defence

Freedom of Information Data

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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85. To ask 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]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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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


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