Taoiseach rejects criticism of FOI fees

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has today rejected claims that the cost of making Freedom of Information applications is excessive.

At present, a request for documents under FOI legislation costs €15 and an appeal against a refusal costs €75.

Any subsequent analysis by the Information Commissioner costs the applicant €150.

Speaking in the Dáil this morning, Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny accused one Government department of being deliberately obstructive with FOI requests in order to raise revenues.

However, Mr Cowen dismissed Mr Kenny's remarks, saying he did not believe the costs were excessive.

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