Written answers

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Department of An Taoiseach

Freedom of Information

Photo of Matt CarthyMatt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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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]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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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were either granted, part granted, refused or transferred to other public bodies while the remainder were either withdrawn or handled outside the FOI Act, for example where a requester requested information rather than records.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.

- 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total No. of Requests received 275 344 490 489 343 297*
Granted 55 75 111 91 52 29
Part Granted 138 145 243 229 166 125
Refused 54 35 46 28 29 27
No Records Exist 11 65 70 101 72 50
Transferred 1 8 3 8 5 3
Withdrawn 15 11 13 29 17 6
Handled Outside FOI 1 5 4 3 2 4
*includes 53 ongoing requests

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