Office of the Information Commissioner

Chapter 4: Statistics

Section I - Public Bodies - 2010

(Note: Figures for the above tables are supplied by the Civil Service Users Network, the HSE, the Local Authorities FOI Liaison Group, the Department of Health and Children, the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies and the Liaison Group for the Higher Education Sector, and collated by the Office of the Information Commissioner.)

Section II - Office of the Information Commissioner - 2010

Section I - Public Bodies - 2010

Table 1: Overview of FOI requests dealt with by public bodies

Requests on hand - 01/01/2010 2,139

Requests received in 2010

Personal

10,688

Non-personal

4,466

Mixed

95

Total

15,249

Total requests on hand during 2010

17,388

Requests dealt with in 2010

(14,923)

Requests on hand - 31/12/2010

2,465

Table 2: FOI requests dealt with by public bodies and subsequently appealed

Number Percentage

FOI requests dealt with by public bodies

14,923

100%

Internal reviews received by public bodies

595

4.0%

Applications accepted by the Commissioner

220

1.47%

Table 3: FOI requests received - by requester type

Requester Type

Number

Percentage

Journalists

2,156

14%

Business

950

6%

Oireachtas members

144

1%

Staff of public bodies

618

4%

Clients of public bodies

8,687

57%

Others

2,694

18%

Total

15,249

100%

Table 4: Overview of FOI requests dealt with by public bodies

Request Type

Number

Percentage

Requests granted

8,892

60%

Requests part-granted

2,877

19%

Requests refused

1,580

11%

Requests transferred to appropriate body

200

1%

Requests withdrawn or handled outside FOI

1,374

9%

Total

14,923

100%

Table 5: Analysis of FOI requests dealt with by public service sector

%

%

%

%

%

%

granted

part-granted

refused

transferred

withdrawn/handled outside FOI

Total

Civil Service Departments

41

30

15

2

12

100

Local Authorities

57

25

13

0

5

100

HSE

71

14

8

1

6

100

Voluntary Hospitals, Mental Health Services and Related Agencies

76

5

7

1

11

100

Third-level Institutions

57

30

3

0

10

100

Other Bodies

51

30

7

0

12

100

Table 6: FOI requests received by civil service Departments/Offices

Civil Service Department/Office

Personal

Non-personal

Mixed

Total

Department of Social Protection

814

44

1

859

Department of Education and Skills

663

128

5

796

Department of Justice and Law Reform

469

129

0

598

Department of Finance

21

316

0

337

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

115

79

0

194

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

99

93

1

193

Department of Health and Children

26

150

0

176

Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

9

126

0

135

Department of Transport

2

111

1

114

Department of the Taoiseach

3

107

0

110

Department of Enterprise,Trade and Innovation

14

90

0

104

Houses of the Oireachtas Service

0

96

0

96

Department of Foreign Affairs

7

79

1

87

Defence Forces

67

15

0

82

Department of Defence

10

52

0

62

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

4

51

0

55

Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport

1

51

0

52

Office of Public Works

2

48

0

50

Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs

0

40

0

40

Office of the Information Commissioner

7

8

2

17

Office of Director of Public Prosecutions

2

11

1

14

Office of the Attorney General

3

7

0

10

Public Appointments Service

7

1

2

10

Office of Chief State Solicitor

1

4

0

5

Valuation Office

0

5

0

5

Office of the Ombudsman

3

0

0

3

Central Statistics Office

0

3

0

3

Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General

0

2

0

2

Office of Appeal Commissioners for the Tax Acts

1

1

0

2

Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement

0

1

0

1

Ordnance Survey Ireland

0

1

0

1

Office of the Registrar for Friendly Societies

0

0

0

0

Totals

2,350

1,849

14

4,213

Table 7: FOI requests received by local authorities*

Local Authority

Personal

Non-personal

Mixed

Total

Dublin City Council

110

96

4

210

Cork County Council

13

107

0

120

Mayo County Council

9

68

0

77

Clare County Council

12

52

5

69

Fingal County Council

9

56

0

65

Galway County Council

2

54

0

56

Cork City Council

24

29

0

53

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

8

42

2

52

Meath County Council

9

40

0

49

Kerry County Council

4

32

12

48

South Dublin County Council

8

38

0

46

Kildare County Council

11

35

0

46

Wexford County Council

17

22

7

46

Galway City Council

10

31

0

41

Limerick City Council

30

11

0

41

Donegal County Council

2

36

0

38

Louth County Council

8

22

8

38

Laois County Council

20

18

0

38

Roscommon County Council

4

27

1

32

Longford County Council

5

27

0

32

Westmeath County Council

8

22

0

30

Wicklow County Council

3

26

0

29

Sligo County Council

7

21

0

28

Limerick County Council

0

24

2

26

Leitrim County Council

7

19

0

26

South Tipperary County Council

4

21

0

25

Offaly County Council

5

18

0

23

Kilkenny County Council

4

19

0

23

North Tipperary County Council

0

21

0

21

Cavan County Council

5

16

0

21

Carlow County Council

3

17

0

20

Waterford County Council

1

14

0

15

Waterford City Council

2

12

0

14

Monaghan County Council

0

12

0

12

Totals

364

1,105

41

1,510

Regional Authorities

0

8

0

8

Regional Assemblies

0

4

0

4

*County Council figures include any FOI requests received by Town and Borough Councils

Table 8: FOI requests received by the HSE

HSE Area*

Personal

Non-personal

Mixed

Total

HSE West

1,867

86

0

1,953

HSE South

1,874

52

0

1,926

HSE Dublin North East

680

33

0

713

HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster

552

19

2

573

HSE National Requests

4

235

0

239

Totals

4,977

425

2

5,404

*Figures represent the regional structure of the HSE

Table 9: FOI requests received by Voluntary Hospitals, Mental Health Services and Related Agencies

Hospital/Service/Agency

Personal

Non-personal

Mixed

Total

Mercy University Hospital, Cork

396

7

0

403

Mater Misericordiae Hospital

312

15

0

327

St James’s Hospital

285

9

1

295

Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

225

0

0

225

St Vincent’s University Hospital

164

14

0

178

Rotunda Hospital

153

22

2

177

Tallaght Hospital (Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital)

131

15

0

146

Beaumont Hospital

121

19

0

140

South Infirmary - Victoria Hospital, Cork

117

4

0

121

Children’s Hospital,Temple Street

96

9

0

105

Coombe Hospital

92

5

0

97

Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin

83

10

0

93

St. John’s Hospital, Limerick

90

1

0

91

National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street

81

8

0

89

Other Hospitals/Services/ Agencies

276

66

5

347

Totals

2,622

204

8

2,834

Table 10: FOI requests received by third-level education institutions

Third-Level Education Body

Personal

Non-personal

Mixed

Total

Waterford Institute of Technology

1

68

1

70

University College, Dublin

23

27

0

50

University of Dublin (Trinity College)

14

20

0

34

University College Cork

10

18

1

29

University of Limerick

7

18

2

27

National University of Ireland, Galway

8

15

0

23

Dublin Institute of Technology

12

10

0

22

Dublin City University

5

11

0

16

Limerick Institute of Technology

4

8

0

12

Higher Education Authority

0

11

0

11

Other Bodies

15

86

3

104

Totals

99

292

7

398

Table 11: FOI requests received by other bodies

Public Body

Personal

Non-personal

Mixed

Total

Social Welfare Appeals Office

116

1

0

117

RTÉ

7

68

0

75

FÁS

14

50

1

65

National Roads Authority

0

38

0

38

Dublin Docklands Development Authority

0

36

0

36

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer

34

0

0

34

Health and Safety Authority

0

24

9

33

Enterprise Ireland

0

31

0

31

Courts Service

1

21

0

22

Teagasc

16

6

0

22

Probation Service

18

1

0

19

Pobal

0

19

0

19

IDA Ireland

0

18

0

18

Údarás na Gaeltachta

0

17

0

17

Legal Aid Board

14

3

0

17

Fáilte Ireland

0

16

0

16

Commission for Communications Regulation

11

5

0

16

Environmental Protection Agency

0

14

1

15

The National Council for Special Education

5

8

0

13

Arts Council

5

7

0

12

Irish Medicines Board

2

9

0

11

Blood Transfusion Service Board

5

5

0

10

Standards in Public Office Commission

0

9

0

9

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

0

9

0

9

An Bord Pleanála

1

8

0

9

Commission for Taxi Regulation

2

7

0

9

The Irish National Stud

0

9

0

9

The Railway Procurement Agency

0

8

0

8

Shannon Development

0

8

0

8

Irish Sports Council

0

5

3

8

The National Education Welfare Board

3

4

0

7

Commission for Energy Regulation

0

7

0

7

Bord na gCon

0

6

0

6

The National Gallery of Ireland

2

4

0

6

National Consumer Agency

1

5

0

6

The Irish Film Board

1

5

0

6

Sustainable Energy Ireland

0

6

0

6

The Northern Regional Fisheries Board

0

4

1

5

Other Bodies (130 bodies with less than 5 requests each)

18

78

8

104

Totals

276

579

23

878

Table 12: Fees charged

Original Request

Search & Retrieval

Internal Review

Refunds €

Net Fees €

Government Departments and State Bodies

24,040

12,400

4,895

1,846

39,489

Local Authorities

17,116

4,608

4,175

483

25,416

Health Service Executive

5,336

2,164

550

2,942

5,108

Voluntary Hospitals, Mental Health Services and Related Agencies

2,110

2,518

675

70

5,233

Third-level Institutions

4,325

929

325

353

5,226

Other Bodies

8,685

4,843

1,850

989

14,389

Totals

61,612

27,462

12,470

6,683

94,861

Section II - Office of the Information Commissioner - 2010

Table 13: Analysis of applications for review received

Applications for review on hand - 1/1/2010

16

Applications for review received in 2010

301

Total applications for review on hand in 2010

317

Discontinued

6

Invalid applications

56

Applications withdrawn

9

Applications rejected

1

Applications accepted for review in 2010

220

Total applications for review considered in 2010

(292)

Applications for review on hand - 31/12/2010

25

Table 14: Analysis of review cases

Reviews on hand 1/1/2010

200

Reviews accepted in 2010

220

Total reviews on hand in 2010

420

Reviews completed

(228)

Reviews carried forward to 2011

192

Table 15: Applications for review accepted in 2010

Health Service Executive

61

HSE South

20

HSE West

13

HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster

11

HSE Dublin North East

11

HSE National

6

Department of Justice and Law Reform

18

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food

14

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

10

Dublin City Council

7

Department of Finance

7

Department of Social Protection

6

Department of Education and Skills

5

Others (bodies with less than 5 applications each)

92

Total

220

Table 16: Outcome of completed reviews - 3 year comparison

2010

%

2009

%

2008

%

Decision affirmed

66

29

75

32

82

31

Decision annulled

15

7

6

2

10

4

Decision varied

18

8

16

7

21

8

Discontinued

2

1

5

2

7

3

Invalid

3

1

0

0

0

0

Settlement reached

63

28

49

21

54

21

Withdrawn

61

26

84

36

85

33

Reviews completed

228

100

235

100

259

100

Table 17: Subject matter of review applications accepted - 3 year comparison

2010

%

2009

%

2008

%

Refusal of access

197

89

201

83

195

85

Objections by third parties to release of information about them or supplied by them

8

4

17

7

12

5

Amendment of records under section 17

5

2

7

3

7

3

Statement of reasons under section 18

9

4

11

5

13

6

Decision to charge a fee

1

1

6

2

1

1

Applications accepted

220

100

242

100

228

100

Table 18: Applications accepted by type - 3 year comparison

2010

%

2009

%

2008

%

Personal

45

20

63

26

71

31

Non-personal

136

62

123

51

127

56

Mixed

39

18

56

23

30

13

Total

220

100

242

100

228

100

Table 19: General enquiries

Year

Number

2010

622

2009

857

2008

1,100

2007

1,315

2006

1,551

2005

1,396

2004

1,306

2003

1,090

2002

1,047

2001

1,136

Total

11,420

Table 20: Deemed refusals due to non-reply by public bodies

No original or internal review decision

Public Body

2010

2009

2008

HSE Dublin North East

7

2

1

HSE South

6

4

3

HSE National

5

1

-

Department of Justice and Law Reform

4

3

3

HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster

2

7

2

HSE West

2

3

-

University College Cork

1

1

-

Department of Finance

1

1

-

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

1

-

2

Department of Education and Skills

1

-

-

Tallaght Hospital*

(Adelaide and Meath Hospital, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital)

1

-

-

Brothers of Charity Southern Services

1

-

-

Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport

1

-

-

Limerick County Council

1

-

-

Louth County Council

1

-

-

National Archives

1

-

-

Office of Tobacco Control

1

-

-

Rotunda Hospital

1

-

-

Teagasc

1

-

-

Total 2010

39