Written answers

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Department of Finance

Freedom of Information

Mairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein)
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126. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of freedom of information requests being processed by his Department; the number that have had the deadline for reply extended; the number at least one week, two weeks. one month and over one month overdue, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19351/20]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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At the time of answering, there are 23 active Freedom of Information requests being processed in the Department of Finance.

There are currently two requests which have exceeded the four week processing timeframe as prescribed under Section 13(1) of the FOI Act.  However, the first request is subject to the extension provided under Section 27 (Fees and charges) and as such, is not overdue.  The second request has an informal agreement with the requester, for a one week extension.  A decision is expected to be issued for this case by the end of this week.

The number of Freedom of Information requests being processed by his Department 23
The number that have had the deadline for reply extended (in line with the FOI Act) 01
The number at least one week overdue 01
The number two weeks overdue 0
The number one month overdue 0
The number over one month overdue 0

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