Written answers

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Freedom of Information

Mairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein)
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247. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of freedom of information requests being processed by his Department; the number that have had the deadline for reply extended; the number that are at least one week, two weeks, one month and over one month overdue, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19343/20]

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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So far in 2020, my Department has received 191 valid requests under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014.  All valid requests have been dealt with within the statutory timeframe except for those set out in the following table and which are currently being processed. 

Number of FOI requests extended by... 2020
2 week 1
3 weeks 2
4 weeks 9

One further request is currently just over a month late without a formal extension having been sought, however, the decision-maker has been engaging with the requester who has advised that he is happy to wait for records that are still being collated and the reply is expected to issue in the next week.

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