Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Department of An Taoiseach
Freedom of Information
146. To ask the Taoiseach the number of freedom of information requests responded to by his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and 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. [42973/21]
The table provides details of the number of freedom of information requests received in my Department from 2016 until 10 September this year. With the exception of 53 requests received this year which are still ongoing, all of the other requests received were responded to. In the main the requests concerned were either granted, part granted, refused or transferred to other public bodies while the remainder were either withdrawn or handled outside the FOI Act, for example where a requester requested information rather than records.
My Department does not centrally record information on the format or type of records included in FOI responses and is therefore not in a position to provide a further breakdown.
|Total No. of Requests received||275||344||490||489||343||297*|
|No Records Exist||11||65||70||101||72||50|
|Handled Outside FOI||1||5||4||3||2||4|