Written answers

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Department of Defence

Freedom of Information Data

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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96. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence 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. [51458/19]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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My Department deals with requests for information in accordance with the Freedom of Information legislation. The table below sets out the information requested by the Deputy.

In 2016, the Department had one decision in relation to a request which was part-granted annulled by the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) and returned to the Department to undertake a fresh decision process. This decision was then referred to the OIC by the requestor and the decision of the Department was upheld by that Office.

- 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of FOI Requests Refused 19 30 47 40
Number of FOI requests Part-Granted 29 37 34 42
Number of decisions overturned by the OIC. 1 0 0 0

In addition, one case is currently under consideration by the Office of the Information Commissioner.


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