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945. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Justice 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. [42969/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The total number of freedom of information requests responded to by my Department in the years 2016 to 2020 and to date in 2021 is set out in tabular format below:

Year Total
2016 591
2017 780
2018 853
2019 844
2020 797
2021 (YTD 31/08/2021) 561

In relation to the second part of the Deputy's question, it is not possible to provide the details and the number of responses that included documents related to text messages and other phone message communications without a manual examination of each individual response. Such an examination would require an inordinate and disproportionate amount of staff time and resources and could not be considered at this time.