Written answers

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Freedom of Information

Photo of Matt CarthyMatt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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295. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of freedom of information requests responded to by her Department in each of the years 2016 to 2020 and to date in 2021; the number of responses that included documents related to text messages and other phone message communications such as messages sent through an application (details supplied) in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42974/21]

Photo of Catherine MartinCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party)
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The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the number of Freedom of Information requests received by my Department for the years provided is set out in the table below.

All records are released to applicants, in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and each includes an associated schedule and a decision letter. My Department does not retain statistics relating to different types of records i.e. email, text.  

My Department publishes Freedom of Information disclosure logs online at the following link: - www.gov.ie/en/publication/57a3b-foi-logs/.

If the Deputy has any queries in relation to any particular request, the FOI Unit of my Department will be happy to assist him in this matter.

Year Freedom of Information Requests
2016 169
2017 158
2018 239
2019 225
2020 156
2021 (YTD) 118


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