Office of the Information Commissioner

Chapter 4: Statistics

Section 1 - Public Bodies - 2011

(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 - 2011

Section I - Public Bodies - 2011

Table 1: Overview of requests dealt with by public bodies

Requests on hand - 01/01/2011

2,334

Requests received in 2011

Personal

12,581

Non-personal

3,857

Mixed

79

Total

16,517

Total requests on hand during year

18,851

Requests dealt with

16,472

Requests on hand - 31/12/2011

2,379

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

 

Number

Percentage

FOI requests dealt with by public bodies

16,472

100%

Internal reviews received by public bodies

589

4%

Applications accepted by the Commissioner

174

1%

Table 3: FOI requests received - by requester type

Requester Type

Number

Percentage

Journalists

1,737

10%

Business

903

5%

Oireachtas Members

52

1%

Staff of public bodies

356

2%

Clients of public bodies

10,876

66%

Others

2,593

16%

Total

16,517

100%

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

Request Type

Number

Percentage

Requests granted

9,631

58%

Requests part-granted

3,224

20%

Requests refused

1,744

11%

Requests transferred to appropriate body

212

1%

Requests withdrawn or handled outside FOI

1,661

10%

Total

16,472

100%

 

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

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

 

granted


part granted

refused

transferred

withdrawn or handled outside of FOI

Total

Civil Service Departments

37

29

16

2

16

100

Local Authorities

50

27

15

1

7

100

HSE

70

15

8

1

6

100

Voluntary Hospitals, Mental Health Services and Related Agencies

77

5

6

2

10

100

Third Level Institutions

40

34

11

3

12

100

Other Bodies

55

23

11

1

10

100

 

Table 6: FOI requests received by Departments/Offices

Department/Office

Personal

Non-personal

Mixed

Total

Department of Education & Skills

1,028

140

2

1,170

Department of Social Protection

1,066

39

1

1,106

Department of Justice and Equality

492

105

0

597

Department of Finance

26

232

0

258

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

134

98

0

232

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

117

108

0

225

Department of Health

15

135

0

150

Defence Forces

95

21

4

120

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

16

84

0

100

Department of the Taoiseach

3

95

0

98

Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

9

77

0

86

Houses of the Oireachtas Service

1

71

0

72

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

21

49

0

70

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

6

62

0

68

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

2

52

0

54

Department of Defence

13

26

1

40

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

1

26

0

27

Office of Public Works

0

25

1

26

Office of the Information Commissioner

9

7

2

18

Central Statistics Office

13

3

0

16

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

6

5

0

11

Public Appointments Service

6

2

3

11

Office of the Ombudsman

10

0

0

10

Office of the Attorney General

1

5

0

6

Ordnance Survey Ireland

0

6

0

6

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

1

5

0

6

Office of the Appeals Commissioners for the Tax Acts

2

3

0

5

Office of the Chief State Solicitor

0

4

0

4

Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement

0

3

0

3

Valuation Office

0

0

2

2

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General

0

2

0

2

Office of the Registrar of Friendly Societies

0

0

0

0

Total

3,093

1,490

16

4,599

Table 7: FOI requests received by local authorities*

Local Authority*

Personal

Non-personal

Mixed

Total

Dublin City Council

161

96

3

260

Cork County Council

10

84

0

94

Clare County Council

25

48

3

76

Fingal County Council

33

34

0

67

South Dublin County Council

20

41

0

61

Louth County Council

23

32

5

60

Galway County Council

1

55

0

56

Cork City Council

21

34

0

55

Donegal County Council

11

40

0

51

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

23

24

0

47

Kerry County Council

7

27

10

44

Mayo County Council

6

37

0

43

Galway City Council

13

27

0

40

Limerick City Council

21

16

0

37

Meath County Council

5

32

0

37

Kildare County Council

9

23

0

32

Sligo County Council

9

23

0

32

Limerick County Council

2

26

2

30

Wicklow County Council

12

18

0

30

Laois County Council

13

13

0

26

Leitrim County Council

9

16

0

25

Roscommon County Council

3

20

2

25

Longford County Council

7

15

0

22

South Tipperary County Council

6

16

0

22

North Tipperary County Council

1

19

0

20

Wexford County Council

1

18

1

20

Waterford City Council

7

12

0

19

Cavan County Council

4

14

0

18

Carlow County Council

3

14

0

17

Monaghan County Council

0

17

0

17

Westmeath County Council

1

15

0

16

Kilkenny County Council

3

9

0

12

Offaly County Council

3

6

1

10

Waterford County Council

5

5

0

10

Total

478

926

27

1,431

Regional Authorities

0

3

0

3

Regional Assemblies

0

2

0

2

* 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

2,136

67

1

2,204

HSE South

2,114

36

3

2,153

HSE Dublin North East

831

40

0

871

HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster

669

21

0

690

HSE National Requests

5

218

0

223

Total received

5,755

382

4

6,141

* 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

502

4

0

506

St James's Hospital

389

15

0

404

Mater Misericordiae Hospital

264

15

0

279

Tallaght Hospital

220

11

0

231

Rotunda Hospital

192

24

1

217

Beaumont Hospital

135

21

0

156

St. Vincent's University Hospital

128

11

0

139

South Infirmary - Victoria Hospital, Cork

124

8

0

132

Children's Hospital, Temple Street

109

8

0

117

Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin

105

9

0

114

Coombe Hospital

99

11

0

110

St. John's Hospital, Limerick

102

1

0

103

National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street

93

6

2

101

Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital

41

0

0

41

National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire

26

2

1

29

Health Information & Quality Authority

9

16

0

25

Mental Health Commission

16

7

0

23

Hospitaller Order of St. John of God

22

0

0

22

Other Hospitals/Services/Agencies

93

45

4

142

Total

2,669

214

8

2,891

 

 

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

Third Level Education Body

Personal

Non-Personal

Mixed

Total

Waterford Institute of Technology

8

82

0

90

University College Dublin

24

24

0

48

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

22

5

1

28

University College Cork

5

21

2

28

National University of Ireland Galway

10

17

0

27

University of Dublin (Trinity College)

5

17

0

22

University of Limerick

4

12

1

17

Dublin Institute of Technology

8

9

0

17

Dublin City University

5

8

1

14

National University of Ireland Maynooth

2

11

0

13

Institute of Technology Carlow

0

12

0

12

Other bodies

13

102

1

116

Total

106

320

6

432

Table 11: FOI requests received by other bodies

Public Body

Personal

Non-Personal

Mixed

Total

Social Welfare Appeals Office

176

2

0

178

RTÉ

10

77

0

87

Office of the Chief Medical Officer

36

0

0

36

Health & Safety Authority

0

33

1

34

Commission for Communications Regulation

14

5

4

23

Arts Council

9

11

0

20

National Roads Authority

0

19

0

19

Probation and Welfare Service

16

2

0

18

Fáilte Ireland

0

18

0

18

Legal Aid Board

14

3

0

17

National Council for Special Education

11

4

0

15

Irish Sports Council

0

14

1

15

IDA Ireland

0

13

0

13

Court Service

1

12

0

13

National Transport Authority

2

10

0

12

Inland Fisheries Ireland

3

8

0

11

Pobal

1

10

0

11

Board of National Library of Ireland

1

9

0

10

Blood Transfusion Service Board

7

3

0

10

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

1

8

0

9

Enterprise Ireland

4

4

1

9

An Bord Pleanála

1

8

0

9

Environmental Protection Agency

0

9

0

9

Railway Procurement Agency

0

8

0

8

Teagasc

5

2

0

7

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

1

6

0

7

Shannon Development

1

6

0

7

Irish Medicines Board

1

6

0

7

Standards in Public Office Commission

3

3

0

6

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

0

5

0

5

Marine Institute

2

3

0

5

Bord na gCon

0

5

0

5

Horse Racing Ireland

0

5

0

5

National Gallery of Ireland

1

3

1

5

Údarás na Gaeltachta

0

5

0

5

Citizens Information Board

2

2

1

5

National Sports Campus Development Authority

0

5

0

5

Other Bodies (121 bodies with less than 5 requests each)

31

166

5

202

Total

354

512

14

880

Table 12: Fees charged

 

Original Request

Search & Retrieval

Internal Review

Refunds

Net Fees

Government Departments and State Bodies

26,780

19,426

5,479

2,418

49,267

Local Authorities

13,362

4,922

4,600

203

22,680

Health Service Executive

5,115

990

1,000

1,350

5,756

Voluntary Hospitals, Mental Health Services and Related Agencies

2,920

2,059

250

47

5,182

Third Level Institutions

3,080

1,224

400

165

4,539

Other Bodies

15

0

0

0

15

Total

51,272

28,621

11,729

4,183

87,439

Section II - Office of the Information Commissioner - 2011

Table 13: Analysis of applications for review received

Applications for review on hand - 01/01/2011

25

Applications for review received in 2011

245

Total applications for review on hand in 2011

270

 

Discontinued

6

Invalid applications

53

Applications withdrawn

14

Applications rejected

2

Applications accepted for review in 2011

174

Total applications for review considered in 2011

249

 

Applications for review on hand - 31/12/2011

21

Table 14: Analysis of review cases

Reviews on hand - 01/01/2011

192

Reviews accepted in 2011

174

Total reviews on hand in 2011

366

Reviews completed

200

Reviews carried forward to 2012

166

 

Table 15: Applications for review accepted in 2011

Health Service Executive

 

58

HSE National

26

 

HSE South

10

 

HSE West

10

 

HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster

7

 

HSE Dublin North East

5

 
 

Department of Justice and Equality

 

15

Dublin City Council

 

9

Department of Finance

 

6

Department of Social Protection

 

5

RTÉ

 

5

Others (bodies with less than 5 applications each)

 

76

Total

 

174

Table 16: Outcome of reviews - 3 year comparison

 

2011

%

2010

%

2009

%

Decision affirmed

32

16

66

29

75

32

Decision annulled

3

2

15

7

6

2

Decision varied

8

4

18

8

16

7

Discontinued

35

17

2

1

5

2

Invalid

3

2

3

1

0

0

Settlement reached

49

25

63

28

49

21

Withdrawn

70

34

61

26

84

36

Reviews completed

200

100

228

100

235

100

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

 

2011

%

2010

%

2009

%

Refusal of access

157

90

197

89

201

83

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

6

3

8

4

17

7

Amendment of records under section 17

5

3

5

2

7

3

Statement of reasons under section 18

5

3

9

4

11

5

Decision to charge a fee

1

1

1

1

6

2

Applications accepted

174

100

220

100

242

100

 

Table 18: Applications accepted by type - 3-year comparison

 

2011

%

2010

%

2009

%

Personal

61

35

45

20

63

26

Non-personal

86

49

136

62

123

51

Mixed

27

16

39

18

56

23

Total

174

100

220

100

242

100

Table 19: General enquiries

Year

Number

2011

824

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

Total

11,108

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

 

No original or internal review decision

Public Body

2011

2010

2009

HSE National

9

5

1

Department of Justice and Equality

7

4

3

Department of Finance

4

1

1

HSE South

3

6

4

HSE West

1

2

3

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

1

1

-

Department of Health

1

-

-

University College Dublin

1

-

-

Total 2011

27