Written answers

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Department of Defence

Freedom of Information

Mairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein)
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173. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence 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. [19348/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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My Department is currently processing five Freedom of Information requests. In the case of one of those requests, following discussions with the requester and with their agreement, the deadline for replying to the request has been extended by four weeks (20 working days).  The extension is required in order to process the large volume of records requested. 

I fully expect the remaining four requests to be dealt with within the normal 20 working day timeframe. 

Staff in my Department regularly engage with requesters to ensure the best possible service is provided, in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

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