298. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of which were accepted without further escalation and not accepted, respectively; the number requested that were not accepted and were escalated to the Information Commissioner; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9295/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department processes all Freedom of Information requests received. From 1 January 2010 - 31 December 2017 my Department has received 5,580 requests.
All requests are dealt with upon receipt and therefore none have been escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner as a result of not being processed.
During this timeframe, the Office of the Information Commissioner reviewed 146 FoI decisions made by my Department. Collated information on the number which were then affirmed, varied or annulled by that office is not readily available.
My Department has not appealed any decision made by the Office of the Information Commissioner to the Courts.