Increase in Freedom of Information requests 'presenting challenges' for Carlow County Council

The number of FOI requests is 'increasing year on year'

Darren Hassett

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Carlow County Council offices on the Athy Road

An increase in Freedom of Information requests is now "presenting challenges" for Carlow County Council, chief executive Kathleen Holohan has stated in her monthly report for October. 

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 obliges Government departments, the Health Service Executive (HSE), local authorities and a range of other public bodies to publish information on their activities. 

In her report, under Corporate Services and Human Resources, Ms Holohan states: "There have been 67 Freedom of Information requests received up to October 21, 2018. 

"This figure is increasing year on year and is now presenting challenges in the diversion of staff resources to respond to such queries."

The current total number of employees at the local authority is three 363.