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79. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the Information Commissioner's recent rulings (details supplied) in favour of an organisation against his Department on a number of freedom of information requests pertaining to migrant non-EU fishers. [5660/18]

83. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason his Department has not yet provided an organisation's (details supplied) representative with files sought in view of the ruling by the Information Commissioner against his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5661/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 79 and 83 together.
I am advised by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INIS) of my Department that the decision of the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) referred to by the Deputy was notified to the Department on 25 January.  While it would not be appropriate for me to comment on a ruling of the Information Commissioner the Department will, of course, be complying with the terms of the ruling, in accordance with the time frames as set out in the FOI Act.