FOI Disclosure Log 2020

2020 List of non-personal Freedom of Information Requests ​ ​ ​ ​
FOI No.RequesterDate and Details of Request ReceivedDecisionDate Released
FOI2020155​Journalist

​10 September 2020

Provide all:
o    records received by the Department from ESB/ESB Networks on or after 1 January 2015 regarding the alteration, diversion or undergrounding of the transmission lines concerning the North- South Interconnector.
o    records prepared or considered by Department on or after 1 January 2015 in relation to the alteration, diversion or undergrounding of the North-South Interconnector
o    records sent by EirGrid to the Department Networks on or after 1 January 2015 in relation to the alteration, diversion or undergrounding of the North-South Interconnector.
o    records sent by ESB/ ESB Networks to the Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment on or after 1 January 2015 in relation to the alteration, diversion or undergrounding of the North-South Interconnector.
o    records sent by Department to Cavan/Monaghan/Meath County Councils on or after 1 January 2015 in relation to the alteration, diversion or undergrounding of the North-South Interconnector.
o    correspondence received by Department from Eirgrid on or after 1 January 2015 regarding the alteration, diversion or undergrounding of the transmission lines concerning the North-South Interconnector.
o    correspondence received by Department from Cavan/Monaghan/Meath County Councils Networks on or after 1 January 2015 regarding the alteration, diversion or undergrounding of the transmission lines concerning the North-South Interconnector.

FOI2020153​Journalist

​10 September 2020

Email sent to the department by Verizon Ireland relating to the following entry on the lobbying register https://www.lobbying.ie/return/61456/verizon-ireland

FOI2020152​Journalist

​08 September 2020

1. Submissions received to the public consultation held between December 30 2019 and February 21 2020 on the Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy.

2. Correspondence received between January 1 2019 and December 30 2019, and between September 3 2020 and September 8 2020 from Indaver, Covanta (also known as Dublin Waste to Energy), Dublin City Council and the Irish Waste Management Association regarding the implications of the Waste Action Plan for incinerator operations.

3. Correspondence received between January 1 2019 and December 30 2019, and between September 3 2020 and September 8 2020 from Cement Manufacturers Ireland and individual cement producers regarding the implications of the Waste Action Plan for solid recovered fuel (SRF).

FOI2020150​Journalist

​07 September 2020

 Records of where revenue from the plastic bag levy has been directed.

FOI2020149​Journalist

​07 September 2020

Requesting all correspondence with/from senior management of RTÉ since March 1 of this year.

The records should include but not be limited to any e-mails, and any attachments therein, and mobile phone text messages including any messages via Whatsapp.

FOI2020148​Journalist

​04 September 2020

All electronic and written communications, to include: emails, letters, text messages, between former minister Denis Naughten and David McCourt for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.

FOI2020147​Journalist

​03 September 2020

• All correspondence, including invoices, receipts and emails, related to any media and/or communications training provided to Ministers in the Department from the period June 27 to the present day.

FOI2020146​Journalist

​01 September 2020

•A copy of all correspondences between the Chair of Communicorp Group Lucy Gaffney and Minister Catherine Martin between 1 May, 2020 to 31 Aug, 2020.
•A copy of meeting minutes, agenda, submissions made by the parties, and any briefing documents prepared by the department for any subsequent meetings between the Chair of Communicorp Group Lucy Gaffney and Minister Catherine Martin.

For assistance: https://www.lobbying.ie/return/60603/neuron-mobility-ltd
When conducting your search and retrieval please consider official information held on non-official systems, emails accounts and devices. For example, WhatsApp groups etc.

FOI2020145​Member of the public

​03 September 2020

Details of the salary grades used for staff employed in Health & Safety Management roles.

FOI2020142​Journalist

​03 September 2020

• Any communications between the Department and third parties regarding the smoky coal ban since Minister Ryan took office.
• Any internal briefing for Minister Ryan on pursuing a nationwide smoky coal or smoky fuel ban.

FOI2020141​Journalist

​03 September 2020

Email(s) from Minister Ryan (or his senior staff) to other Department officials outlining priorities for his tenure

FOI2020139​Journalist

​01 September 2020

All relevant documents, reports, correspondence and memos that refer to or reference the tendering process for the National Broadband Plan. These would include all relevant documents that also refer to the criteria for the tender process, but does not include the tender guidelines as set by the Office of Government Procurement.

All relevant documents, including memo's, reports, & emails to and from former ministers Denis Naughten and Richard Bruton in relation to the tender process.

FOI2020138​Journalist

​01 September 2020

All correspondence relating to a meeting between Minister Eamon Ryan, Cllr Michael Pidgeon, Cllr Claire Byrne and DCC Chief Executive Owen Keegan.This should include any correspondence requesting meeting, correspondence ahead of meeting, minutes of meeting held and any follow-up correspondence post- meeting - dated between 25th June and 31st August.
Clarification received 02/09/2020
please find attached background information regarding meeting, I can confirm this meeting took place on 31 July 2020:

- https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/taxis-may-be-banned-from-some-bus-lanes-under-dublin-city-council-plans-1.4341294

https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/dublin-city-council-chief-executive-apologises-for-secret-meeting-with-eamon-ryan-1015522.html

FOI2020136​Journalist

​01 September 2020

• Any internal briefing documents relevant to climate, energy and environment for Minister Eamon Ryan since taking office in June.
• Email(s) from Minister Ryan (or his senior staff) to other department officials outlining priorities for his tenure
• Any communications between the department and third parties regarding the smoky coal ban

I will amend my third request to say:

• Any communications between the department and third parties regarding the smoky coal ban since Minister Ryan took office

FOI2020135​Journalist

​31 August 2020

Request copies of all briefings, correspondence and notes in relation to a meeting (or meetings) between Assistant Secretary Patricia Cronin and Facebook Ireland representative Dualta O'Broin between September 1st 2019 and December 31st 2019.

FOI2020134​Journalist​08 September 2020

Request copies of all briefings, correspondence and notes in relation to the National Broadband Plan prepared for, or submitted to, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, for the time period of June 1st to August 30th, 2020.
 I do not wish to include in this request  copies of  Ministerial representations submitted to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment  in relation to the NBP for the time period of June 1st to August 30th 2020 or replies to Ministerial representations prepared in relation to the NBP for the time period stated.

FOI2020133​Journalist

​31 August 2020

Minutes of meetings held between Minister Eamon Ryan and Alan Kelly TD, Peadar Tóibín TD on 30 July and of a meeting between Minister Ryan and Pauline O'Reilly on 29 July.

This request should include all emails/correspondence relating to these meetings - including requests to hold them and any follow-on emails post-meeting - dated between 25 June and 31 August.

FOI2020132​Journalist

​31 August 2020

Request the latest briefing document prepared for the Minister that shows an update on the National Broadband Plan.

FOI2020131​Member of the public

​26 August 2020

Minutes from the meetings in relation to coming up with and compiling the new bye law 981 and its attendees.

FOI2020130​Journalist

​26 August 2020

Request access to all correspondence to and from the offices of Ministers based in the Department regarding the Oireachtas Golf Society from the period 01 March 2020 and the present day.

FOI2020129​Member of the public

​26 August 2020

The monthly reports from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland which detail the fall in commercial revenue experienced by independent commercial radio services.

These reports were requested from the Minster for Communications, Climate Action and the Enviorment in March.

FOI2020127​Journalist

​25 August 2020

Requesting the copies of any invitations to events sent by email or by post to the office of the Minister and junior Minister(s) at the Department since their appointment in June. I am also seeking the release of any correspondence sent in response to these invitations, either by the minister(s) themselves or their secretary.

Clarification received:  27/08/2020
Copies of invitations to events seeking the Minister's physical attendance at a function/launch/conference/dinner (or similar event), that is to be held on a specified date.

FOI2020126​Member of the public

​20 August 2020

1.  Details of  procurement for application for approved body in accordance with the Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulation 2007 and Waste Management (Typre and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017.

2.  Copy of correspondence/records between Repak elt and department prior to 2016 regarding "approved body",

3.  Copy of correspondence/records between Repak Ltd and Department prior to 2016 regarding "approved body".

FOI2020124​Member of the public

​19 August 2020

Requesting any similar information that your department is collecting on Irish social media commentary on the actions of your department.

In order to be perfectly clear, I would like to receive any information (posts, comments, shares/retweets, likes etc) that your department has been collecting and collating from Irish Social Media.

While the information published by the Irish Times could be said to be collecting as a means of 'gauging public opinion', the information I am requesting does not need to inherently do the same, but if you could include the purpose for which it was collected, that would be much appreciated.

FOI2020123​Journalist​18 August 2020

Any communication between the DCCAE, the Minister of the Environment and the Office of An Taoiseach regarding the creation of a new Climate Bll.

The scope of the request is from May 1st 2020 to August 17, 2020.

FOI2020122​Journalist​18 August 2020

Any communication between the DCCAE and the Minister for the Environment regarding Friends of the Irish Environment and their legal case in the Supreme Court against the State on the 2017 National Mitigation Plan.

The scope of the request is from May 1st 2020 to August 15, 2020.

FOI2020121​Journalist​11 August 2020

A copy of the letter referred to in this Lobbying register disclosure https://www.lobbying.ie/return/60352/pandagreen-limited and any internal correspondence about same or response which was issued.

FOI2020120​Journalist​11 August 2020

All records of communication between the Department of communications and incoming minister Eamon Ryan between June 27, 2020 and August 8th. 

I'm looking for records, including, but not limited to, notes, e-mails, letters, briefing material, minutes of meetings and background papers.

FOI2020119​Journalist​06 August 2020

A copy of Minister Eamon Ryan's Diary - dated between 28th June and 5th August - including a list of all appointments/appointees, times and dates.

FOI2020118​Journalist​04 August 2020

- copies of any correspondence between your department and any other government department relating to the appointment of special advisers or a chief of staff for the minister.

- copies of any briefings, submissions, memos, or other such review or overview documents prepared for the minister or the secretary general with regard to the appointment of special advisers or a chief of staff for the minister.

FOI2020117​Journalist​31 July 2020

I would like copies of all 47 submissions made to the department in 2019 as part of the consultation on the new National Cyber Security Strategy.

FOI2020116​Journalist​31 July 2020

A copy of the Minister's diary for the period from and including 27th of June up to and including 31st of August 2020

FOI2020115​Journalist

30 July 2020

Copy of correspondence between the department and the UK Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport mentioning Huawei between January 2020 and August 2020.

FOI2020114​Journalist​30 July 2020

A copy of email correspondence between the department and Huawei (or representatives of the company) mentioning 5G between February 2020 and August 2020.

FOI2020113​Journalist​29 July 2020

Copies of the minutes of all board (or similar authority) meetings from January 2020 to June 2020

FOI2020111​Journalist​27 July 2020

- details of any purchases of computer equipment, mobile equipment, tablets, laptops, any mobile or computer accessories, any electrical equipment or appliances on behalf of any minister or minister of state at your Department in period between 1 May 2020 and the current date.

- copies of any requests for additional office space, furniture, decoration, or paintings by any officeholder, minister of minister of state at your Department in period as outlined above.

- copies of the response that was issued in any such instance.

- copies of any receipts or invoices associated with the above.

FOI2020110​Journalist​27 July 2020

copy of all briefing notes/material prepared for the new minister since his/her appointment last month.

FOI2020109​Journalist​24 July 2020

• A copy of all briefing documents/advisory papers/policy documents prepared for and/or presented to incoming Minister/Minister of State between July 27th and June 24th

When conducting your search and retrieval please consider official information held on non-official systems, emails accounts and devices. For example, WhatsApp groups etc.

Clarification received 27/07/2020

June 27th 2020 to July 24th 2020

FOI2020108​Journalist​22 July 2020

* Copies of correspondence to/from Minister Catherine Martin and the following organisations:

RTÉ

TG4

Virgin Media

The timeframe for the correspondence can be limited to the period June 27, 2020 to July 22 2020.

I am also seeking copies of any documents attached to correspondence.

FOI2020107​Journalist

21 July 2020

1 - the minutes of meetings held by the Retrofit Taskforce on January 20 of this year, as well as the meeting of its delivery subgroup on February 19 and March 3 and its finance subgroup on March 5.

2- the minutes of any further meetings since September 1, 2019 which are not listed above

3 - any communication or documentation exchanged internally or externally by any Ministers or officials above the grade of principal officer in the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment, in preparation for the meetings, as well as any communication or documentation exchanged in the aftermath of the meetings.

FOI2020105​Member of the public​31 July 2020

Copy of the application and accompanying documents submitted by Repak and Repak elt to become an approved body of the Waste Tyres Compliance Scheme to include a copy of the Business Plan submitted, copy of letter of approval from Minister of the Communications, Climate Action and Environment. 

FOI2020104​Member of the public​15 July 2020

Latest figure on percentage of all mobile calls to ECAS where Advanced Mobile Location (AML) data was available. Eg, figure for December 2018 is 51%.

Secondly, please send guidance for ECAS agents to help callers discover their destination. For example, a caller comes across a motor accident in a rural area. What steps does the ECAS agent follow to assist caller in identifying their location. Is caller asked to find GPS co-ordinates in Google Maps for example?

FOI2020103​Journalist​15 July 2020

The following records held by the Department of Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport/DCCAE:

• All briefing notes relating to the National Broadband Plan prepared for Minister Bruton – either internally by department officials/ advisors or externally – during the period of March 1, 2020 - June 27, 2020.

• All briefing notes relating to the National Broadband Plan prepared for Minister Ryan – either internally by department officials/ advisors or externally – during the period of June 27, 2020 - July 14, 2020.

FOI2020102Journalist

10 July 2020

All records held by the Department of Communications, Climate action and Environment regarding the awarding of the NDRC contract.

I'm seeking copies of records made between January 1, 2019 and July 8, 2020. These include, but are not limited to:

-- correspondence between applicants and the Department

-- assessment criteria

-- tender applications

FOI2020101​Member of the Public​10 July 2020

• All records held by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in relation to its policy on exhumation applications. This request covers the period from 1997 to present.

• All records held by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in relation to its policy on the exhumation of unidentified remains. This request covers the period from 1997 to present.

The request is for records that include but are not limited to:

• internal and external correspondence

• minutes of meetings

• notes or memos in relation to discussions or telephone calls

​Withdrawn​17 July 2020
FOI2020100​Journalist

09 July 2020

All briefing documents prepared by your Department's officials and presented to the new Minister.

I'm seeking copies of documents delivered to Eamon Ryan to introduce him to his new portfolio and ongoing issues under his responsibility between his appointment on June 27, 2020 and today July 9, 2020.

​FOI202099​Journalist​01 July 2020

DCCAE-led Microgeneration Working Group (from 1 June 2019-Present)

a. Internal meeting agendas and minutes and/or correspondence in relation to the Working Group

In all cases of requests for correspondence and meetings, please also include attached documents and/or documents referenced that are not already publicly available.

​Withdrawn​15 July 2020
FOI202098​Journalist​08 July 2020

A copy of the briefing document(s) prepared for the new incoming minister and/or (if different records) the ministers for state in the Department

FOI202097​Oireachtas / Public Representative​06 July 2020

The Ministerial Brief for the Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport

FOI202096​Journalist​02 July 2020

All briefing documents prepared for the incoming Minister and Ministers of State in the Department.

FOI202095​Business / Interest Group

​17 July 2020

All correspondence between the Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment and the National Disability Authority between the dates of 1 January 2018 and 2 July 2020 to do with the negotiations of the implementing acts of the EU Web Accessibility Directive (2016/2102) and the actual transposition of the EU Web Accessibility Directive (2016/2102). I am happy to limit this request to search electronic records only.

FOI202094​Journalist​02 July 2020

Details of lengths and maps of locations of all fibre optic cables laid in Ireland, including fibre laid/owned by ESB, Bord Gais, Irish Rail, Coillte, NRA/TII, and any other entity, plus details of lengths or proportions of all this fibre that it 'lit' and 'dark' i.e. utilised and not utilised.

Clarification received 07/07/2020

Under the 2014 Act, to ask the Department to let me have any and all records, which any of the entities named in my original request have supplied to the Department regarding the lengths and locations of lit and unlit fibre, which they installed.

Clarification received 04/08/2020
Under the 2014 Act, to ask the Department to let me have any and all records of its own requests to the entities named in my original request to supply it (the Department) with details of the lengths and lengths of lit and unlit fibre which they installed.

​FOI202093​Member of the Public​02 July 2020

1. All correspondence between RTE and the Department relating to a request to pay a 1% increase to members of the RTE defined benefit scheme between August 1st 2018 and September 1st 2018.

2. All communications between Department and DPER, the Department and new ERA/NTMA.

relating to a request to pay a 1% increase to members of the RTE defined benefit scheme between August 1st 2018 and March 31st 2020. Records should include correspondence, attachments to correspondence, notes of meetings DPER and NewERA - including internal emails relating to such correspondence and meetings.

3. Copies of communications including attachments from DPER/NewERA relating to reports on pension schemes in state bodies between August 2018 and March 2020.

FOI202092​Journalist

01 July 2020

A copy of the briefing document provided to Minister Eamon Ryan on taking up his new office.

FOI202091​Journalist​30 June 2020

A copy of the briefing documents prepared for new Ministers.

FOI202090​Business / Interest Group​30 June 2020

Copy of the 2020 Ministerial Brief for the Department of Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport.

FOI202089​Journalist​30 June 2020

Access to the briefing provided to the new Minister.

FOI202088​Oireachtas / Public Representative​29 June 2020

A copy of the incoming Minister's brief on areas covered/ previously covered by your Department.

FOI202087​Journalist​29 June 2020

A copy of the briefing document drawn up by the Secretary General/senior Dept official outlining the main issues facing the newly appointed Minister for Climate Action

FOI202085​Journalist​15 June 2020

1. Correspondence sent and received by the department secretary general in relation to policy issues associated with the Programme for Government 2020 talks, between 3rd May and 15th June 2020.

FOI202084​Journalist

​15 June 2020

1. All records and correspondence held by the department related to a briefing/presentation on 2020 government formation talks/programme for Government provided to either the Green Party, Fine Gael, and/or Fianna Fáil.

(I understand in the Greens case the party supplied departments with a list of queries or questions on their policy objectives in talks, and in most cases departments then provided a presentation/briefing to the Green Party discussing the policy issues. This request would be for records related to that presentation, and associated correspondence, and records related to other similar presentations if they took place provided to Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil) 

2. All briefings or analysis compiled by the department on policy proposals as part of the 2020 government formation talks/programme for Government 2020.

FOI202083​Oireachtas / Public Representative

​15 June 2020

1. All correspondence and communications of any kind whatsoever between the department of DCCAE, it's employees, the Minister for DCCAE and/or his advisers and other civil servants and/or the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and/or the Green Party or their representatives regarding their programme for Government negotiations.

FOI202082​Journalist

​04 June 2020

Any correspondence (inc. meetings, emails, presentations, memos etc) between any representatives of the Department (including Ministers and their advisors) and representatives of Facebook in relation to GDPR, specifically subject access requests

- any correspondence between representatives of the Department (including Ministers and their advisors) and representatives of Facebook in relation to privacy concerns on WhatsApp.

- any concerns raised by the Department in relation to the above.

- any correspondence between the Department and Facebook in relation to Facebook as a data controller/data processor and how they process Subject Access Requests.

FOI202081​Member of the Public

​02 June 2020

Under the FOI Act, I am seeking for your records of data-breach from May 2018 until 2020. I am researching "the impact of the introduction of the GDPR mandatory data breach regime in the civil service from 2018 to 2020".

Under the GDPR, organisations must keep a record of its data breaches. Please, send me that record, so I can gather statistical data such as, how many breaches happened on each year, 2018- 2020?; How many were reported to the Data Protection Commission or not?; what are the most and least recurrent breaches, e.g. human error, technology; what are the leading causes of data breaches, among others.

Also, please send me reports or documents that contain information, graphs, tables, findings about data breaches during that period.

FOI202080​Journalist​18 May 2020

 A copy of all correspondence (including emails) between (to and from) National Broadband Ireland and Minister Richard Bruton, in relation to the National Broadband Plan, since January 1, 2020.

• A copy of any briefing notes/material or information that the Minister or the department has received in relation to an update on the progress of the National Broadband Plan since January 1, 2020.

FOI202079​Journalist​14 May 2020

Any correspondence in the last 6 months between the department and other outside individuals/organisations etc regarding concerns over 5g. 

Any internal correspondence regarding health concerns and 5g. 

Clarification received on 14/05/2020

concerns (positive/negative) individuals/organisations etc have raised in relation to 5G with our Telecommunications Policy and Regulations Division over the past 6 months.

FOI202078​Journalist​12 May 2020  
All correspondence to the minister and Ciarán Ó hÓbáin from Three Ireland regarding 5G and/or Covid-19 since 1 March 2020 
FOI202077​Journalist​12 May 2020 

Any representation from the oil and gas industry regarding the future of exploration licences for oil and gas in Ireland and the Irish Offshore.

I would like to request that the documentation include responses to the oil and gas industry from Minister Richard Bruton and representation from the oil and gas industry to Minister Richard Bruton.

I would like the request to cover the period between Jan 1 2020 until the present date.

FOI202076​Journalist​12 May 2020

A copy of all correspondence to your Minister and Department in relation to 5G and its connection with Covid-19.

This should include any relevant contact from the public, from mobile companies and any responses from the department.

The letter mentioned below in the Lobbying Return filed by Three Ireland relating to vandalism is also requested.

https://www.lobbying.ie/return/57588/three-ireland-hutchison-limited   

Clarification received on 04 June 2020

...records/contacts that mention both 5G and Covid19 from March 1 to present. 

FOI202075​Journalist​11 May 2020

Letter sent to the Minister by Three Ireland regarding "Misinformation linking Covid 19 to 5G and concerns regarding to mast vandalism". As referenced on the lobbying register: 

https://www.lobbying.ie/return/57588/three-ireland-hutchison-limited

FOI202074​Journalist​11 May 2020

A copy of the letter sent to Communications Minister Richard Bruton and Assistant Secretary Ciarán Ó bÓbáin referenced in the below lobbying report.  

Link to report - https://www.lobbying.ie/return/57588/three-ireland-hutchison-limited

FOI202073​Oireachtas / Public Representative​07 May 2020 
All correspondence to and from the Office of the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment regarding the EU 2030 decarbonisation target and the European Climate Law, since June 2019 .
FOI202072​Oireachtas / Public Representative

​21 May 2020

All correspondence within the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment regarding the EU Just Transition Fund since September 2019.

FOI202071​Business / Interest Group​06 May 2020 

I notice a reference in a recent Business Post article to a report (per below) looking at the building of apartments and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions written by McKinsey.

FOI202070​Journalist​05 May 2020  
Copies of any records held referring or relating to the possibility of a moratorium being introduced for TV licence payments during the COVID-19 crisis. This request to cover the period 17 March 2020 to the date of its receipt.
FOI202069​Member of the Public​30 April  2020

1. A copy of all instructions, directions and terms of reference given to KHSK Economic Consultants in relation to the report titled "International Practice in the Approach to and Levels of Compensation of Property Owners in Proximity to High-Voltage Transmission Lines"

2. A copy of all drafts of the report titled "International Practice in the Approach to and Levels of Compensation of Property Owners in Proximity to High-Voltage Transmission Lines".

3. A copy of all correspondence with KHSL Economic Consultants during the course of the preparation of the report.

3. A copy of all submissions incl. any correspondence received from third parties in relation to the report titled "International Practice in the Approach to and Levels of Compensation of Property Owners in Proximity to High-Voltage Transmission Lines"  

4. A copy of all correspondence with ESB and/or Eirgrid following the publication of the report titled "International Practice in the Approach to and Levels of Compensation of Property Owners in Proximity to High-Voltage Transmission Lines"  

5. A copy of the contract with KHSK Economic Consultants for the preparation of the report titled ""International Practice in the Approach to and Levels of Compensation of Property Owners in Proximity to High-Voltage Transmission Lines"  

FOI202068​Member of the Public​27 April 2020 

1) The number of full time personnel in each grade within the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment as of 24 April 2020 in tabular form.  To be assistance I am only looking for personnel employed by DCCAE

2) The number of vacancy posts by grade within the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment as of 24 April 2020 in tabular form.  To be assistance I am only looking for vacant posts that are normally filled by DCCAE staff and the salary range of each vacant post as of in the date in question.

FOI202067​Journalist

​27 April 2020 

Access to any communication between the DCCAE and the Dept. of the Taoiseach regarding Climate Case/Friends of the Irish Environment and their legal case in the Supreme Court on the National Mitigation Plan.

The scope of the request is from August 1st, 2019 until April 1st, 2020. 

FOI202066​Member of the Public​23 April 2020 

1. Requesting all planning permissions granted to telecom companies or similar in 2018 - 2020, to install 5G antennas in the Dublin County in general, the most interest in the Rush - Lusk area.

2. Requesting permissions being planned for the remaining of the year 2020 for the same areas mentioned above.

3. Requesting a list of those companies who were already granted permission or in progress of being granted since 2018 until present including remaining of the 2020 year.

4. Requesting what is(are) the vendor(s) name(s) that manufactured these 5G antennas which were approved per above.

FOI202065​Member of the Public

​14 April 2020


What financial contingency has been created by the Irish state to pay the EU fines of up to €600,000,000 [six hundred million euro] per year for not sufficiently reducing Ireland's C02 emissions; will the money be borrowed, and if so, at what interest rate from whom.

FOI202064​Member of the Public

​08 April 2020

The National Broadband Intervention Strategy (NBIS) Cost Modelling Report prepared by Analysys Mason. This report informed the Financial Appraisal Report prepared by KPMG as part of their analysis of the ownership and funding options for the National Broadband Plan and is referred to on page 9 of KPMG's Financial Appraisal report.

Further clarification 08/04/2020

The Financial Appraisal Specification Report prepared by KPMG as part of its Financial Appraisal Report for the National Broadband Plan. The Financial Appraisal Specification report is mentioned on page 13 of the Financial Appraisal Report and states that the report sets out the detailed assumptions used in the financial appraisal model as well as information on the structure and functionality of the model.

FOI202063​Member of the Public

​01 April 2020

Access to the Consultations for the 2019 Climate Action Plan please. Please provide the information in the form of a list with links to full submissions made. 

FOI202062​Member of the Public​30 March 2020

In this report, it was stated that 

"The retailers have agreed to collect data according to the international FLW Standard (Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting) which is in line with emerging best practice at EU and international level."  Has this been happening?  What measures are in place to ensure that retailers are actually doing this?  In other words, who are they being held accountable to? 

It also states that while the 'Retail Action Group' is no longer in operation, "a wider food waste advisory group which will be established as part of the Food Waste Charter".  Has this taken place?  Could I have details of this?      

Basically I am wondering if I could get information on how retailers are being held accountable to what they are doing with their food waste in Ireland.  I know that there are a few larger retailers e.g. Tesco Ireland, Lidl, Aldi and the Musgrave Group, that are working in conjunction with 'Food Cloud' Ireland but I would like to know what is being done to regulate other retailers.

​FOI202061​Member of the Public​25 March 2020

All communications between RTE and the Department relating to a request to pay a 1% increase to members of the RTE defined benefit scheme. Records should include correspondence, attachments to correspondence, notes of meetings the Department, NEW ERA and the Department of Finance.

FOI202059​Journalist

​05 March 2020

• A full list of which companies have surrendered their oil and gas license interests, and the details of those interests.
• Any communication between the companies concerned and the department regarding the surrendering of their interest.

a list of any notifications of intention to surrender licenses or license interests from September of 2019 to 5th March 2020.

FOI202057​Journalist

​04 March 2020

All correspondence between the Department and / or Minister's Office and John Fitzgerald and / or the Climate Change Advisory Council during 2019 and to date in 2020. 

FOI202056​Member of the Public

​04 March 2020

Records created on or after 16 October 2018, up to 4 March 2020, linked to the decision by the Department to grant Raidio Telefis Eireann €10 million a year, for five years, to supplement its licence fee- and commercial income.

FOI202055​Journalist

​02 March 2020

All responses to this consultation: https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/consultations/Pages/Consultation-on-the-Transposition-of-the-Circular-Economy-Waste-Package.aspx

FOI202054​Journalist

​02 March 2020

All consultation responses to this consultation: https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/consultations/Pages/Public-Consultation-Waste-Action-Plan-for-a-Circular-Economy.aspx

FOI202053​Journalist

​28 February 2020

Any correspondence between An Post and the department in relation to the recent increase in broadcasting funding announced by Minister Bruton in December. I am seeking any correspondence in relation to  the arrangements between An Post and the department for the collection of so-called 'free TV licences'.

FOI202052​Member of the Public

​26 February 2020

The total sum of money that RTÉ received from TV licence fees in the year 2019, and a breakdown of how that money was spent.

​Withdrawn​05 March 2020
FOI202051​Journalist

​26 February 2020

Records showing the number of employee/official mobile devices - to include smartphones, laptops and tablets - reported lost by or stolen by employees/officials in 2017, 2018 and 2019.  

Breakdown of same by device and year
Whether devices were encrypted or not. 

FOI202050​Journalist

​24 February 2020

A copy of the briefing document that has been prepared for the incoming minister, following the recent general election.

​Withdrawn​25 February 2020
FOI202048​Member of the Public

​20 February 2020

A copy of a map of mobile phone blackspots in Limerick which was submitted to the mobile phone and broadband taskforce by Limerick City & County Council in mid-2018.
This map was referenced in a Limerick Leader article on March 2, 2019 in which it said the map was obtained by the newspaper under a Freedom of Information Act 2014 Request.

​Withdrawn ​26 February 2020
FOI202047​Member of the Public

​18 February 2020

Any correspondence and meeting minutes between the department and An Post regarding the An Post Money services, between March 1 2019 and February 18 2020.

FOI202045​Member of the Public

​19 February 2020

Any email or written correspondence between the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment and Google (including representatives, executives, owners/shareholders or employees) between the 1st April 2018 and 15th May 2018, which relates to online advertising or concerns regarding factual accuracy of articles/ online content in relation to the referendum on the 36th Amendment which took place on May 25th 2018.

Any email or written correspondence between the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment and Facebook (including representatives,  executives, owners/shareholders or employees) between the 1st April 2018 and 15th May 2018 which relates to online advertising or concerns regarding factual accuracy of articles/ online content in relation to the referendum on the 36th Amendment which took place on May 25th 2018.

The records should include, but not be limited to any emails, and any attachments therein, and mobile phone text messages including any messages via WhatsApp

FOI202044​Journalist

​17 February 2020

All records held by your Department associated with this entry in the lobbying database:

https://www.lobbying.ie/return/54416/microsoft-ireland-operations-ltd

Clarification Received 18/02/2020
Records held by the Department of "briefing notes and speaking points" for the meeting referred to in the lobbying database entry: https://www.lobbying.ie/return/54416/microsoft-ireland-operations-ltd and email correspondence in relation to that meeting excluding invitation and logistics emails.

FOI202043​Journalist

​17 February 2020

All records associated with these entries in the lobbying database:

https://www.lobbying.ie/return/55507/virgin-media-ireland-limited
https://www.lobbying.ie/return/55508/virgin-media-ireland-limited

​Withdrawn​19 February 2020
FOI202042​Journalist

​17 February 2020

All records associated with this entry in the lobbying database:
 
https://www.lobbying.ie/return/55481/facebook-ireland-limited

​Part-granted

Reply

​19 February 2020
FOI202041​Journalist

​17 February 2020

All minutes of board meetings held during 2019
- If you do not have a board, the board-equivalent body will suffice, ie, governing authority, management committee, etc

FOI202040​Oireachtas / Public Representative

​25 February 2020

All email correspondence between the Irish Bioenergy Association (irBEA) and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in relation to the production of bio-energy from biomass from January 2018 to present day.

FOI202039​Journalist

​11 February 2020

Request records of all correspondence with Facebook and any documents shared, minutes or reports generated from the meeting referred to here: https://www.lobbying.ie/return/55481/facebook-ireland-limited

The records should include but not be limited to any e-mails, and any attachments therein, and mobile phone text messages including any messages via Whatsapp.

​Part-granted​19 February 2020
FOI202038​Journalist

​11 February 2020

Copies of all documents created since September 1, 2019 relating to government proposals to place RTE under an 'active ownership' regime.

FOI202037​Journalist

​10 February 2020

Any records concerning the decision to give RTE an extra €10m a year for five years, as announced by minister Richard Bruton in early December.

FOI202036​Journalist

​06 February 2020

Records from 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 that make reference to the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) heating system.
Clarification received 19/02/2020
All internal and external correspondence records you hold, that make reference to Combined Heat and Power systems, from 1996 to 2000.

FOI202035​Journalist

​05 February 2020

Records since 1st January 2018 concerning the Department's policies and/or practice in relation to the publishing of responses to FOI and AIE requests on its website disclosure logs.

​Refused​04 March 2020
FOI202034​Journalist

​04 February 2020

The letters referred to in the first paragraph of this correspondence (here attached) from Ms Gaffney to the Minister's office - and any responding letters from the Minister or his office to her, and any notes or other records pertaining to that correspondence.

​Part-granted​03 March 2020
FOI202033​Journalist

​03 February 2020

Copies of the following submissions for the minister (FOI 200129 refers)
- 27/ EPA Director Post
- 33/ Extension of Smoky Coal Ban & associated public consultation
- 46/ Illegal Dumping Darndale
- 69/ Request for the Minister's views on the terms & conditions of the extension of the appointment of xxx as Acting CEO of Ervia
- 71/ Contract Award for the National Broadband Plan
- 84/ Review of Year 1 of the operation of the compliance scheme for tyres
- 86/ Review of the Operation, Effectiveness, and Impact of Sound & Vision III.

​Part-granted (a)

 

 

Refused (b)

 

Part-granted (c)

 

Granted (d)

 

 

Refused (e)

 

Granted (g)

26 February 2020

 

02 March 2020

 

20 February 2020

25 February 2020

26 February 2020

25 February 2020

FOI202032​Journalist

​31 January 2020

Access to communication between Amazon Web Services and the Department in regards to the wind energy project in Meenbog, County Donegal. Announced last March, it is being developed by Invis Energy.

The scope of the request is from January 1st, 2018 until January 1st, 2020. I would especially like to see the Environmental Impact Assessment, if possible.

​Refused​27 February 2020
FOI202031​Journalist

​30 January 2020

Could I please get copies of any communications between the Department and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland on the revised Audio Visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) between 1st May 2019 and the date of the request.
Could I please got copies of any briefing notes, internal correspondence relating to the revised  AVMS directive from that same period.
Lastly, could I please get any correspondence from other member states relating to Ireland's implementation of the revised AVMS directive from that period also.

Clarification received 07/02/2020
Withdraw the second part "Could I please got copies of any briefing notes, internal correspondence relating to the revised AVMS directive from that same period".

​Part-granted​06 March 2020
FOI202030​Journalist

​30 January 2020

Copies of any briefings, submissions, or other such review or explanatory documents prepared for the minister or the secretary general relating to the finances of RTÉ. This request to cover the period 1 July 2019 to date of receipt of the request.

For the period from 1st July 2019 to 30th January 2020 could I please get:
copies of any correspondence between the minister and/or secretary general and the RTÉ DG or RTÉ board
Copies of any representations received by the department relating to the level of funding provided to RTÉ.
copies of any representations received by the department relating to pay levels at RTÉ.

FOI202029​Member of the Public

​28 January 2020

The amount of data centres in Ireland and their data capacity.

​Withdrawn​05 February 2020
FOI202028​Journalist

​22 January 2020

Access to all correspondence between Tony Hanway of Virgin Media and Minister Bruton during 2019.

​Granted​05 February 2020
FOI202027​Journalist

​22 January 2020

Access to any minutes / memos / correspondence relating to the meeting between Richard Bruton and Musgrave Group regarding a coffee cup levy in 2019.

Clarification received 04/02/2020
Musgrave declared a meeting with the Minister in this lobbying return: https://www.lobbying.ie/return/56042/musgrave-group

​Granted​26 February 2020
FOI202026​Journalist

​22 January 2020

Access to all correspondence / memos / minutes relating to the meeting between Facebook and Patricia Cronin during 2019.

​Part-granted​19 February 2020
FOI202025​Journalist

​22 January 2020

According to the Lobbying Register, Facebook meeting with an assistant secretary to "better inform the meeting participants on Facebook's community standards and how it reviews content on its platform".

Lobbying Link https://www.lobbying.ie/return/55481/facebook-ireland-limited

​Part-granted​19 February 2020
FOI202024​Business / Interest Group

​22 January 2020

All documents, to include all research papers, minutes of meetings, advisory papers and policy documents, in respect of planning for a referendum on Irish unity.

All documents, to include all research papers, minutes of meetings, advisory papers and policy documents, in respect of planning for a united Ireland.

All documents, to include all research papers, minutes of meetings, advisory papers and policy documents, in respect of all risk assessments conducted in respect of a referendum on Irish unity.

All documents, to include all research papers, minutes of meetings, advisory papers and policy documents, in respect of all risk assessments conducted in respect of planning for a united Ireland.

Transferred​23 January 2020
FOI202023​Journalist

​22 January 2020

Any information on the Introduction to Virgin Media Ireland by Tony Hanway , CEO of Virgin Media Ireland, to Richard Bruton, the Minister for Communications, Climate and Environment. This was over the period between the 1st of September 2019 to the 31st of December 2019.

​Refused​07 February 2020
FOI202022​Journalist

​22 January 2020

The forwarding letter dated 3 October 2019 - in relation to: update on Programming schedule change to VMTV - from Kate O Sullivan, VP Corporate Affairs , Virgin Media Ireland to Patrick Cluskey, Special Adviser (Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment).

​Granted​07 February 2020
FOI202021​Journalist

​22 January 2020

The follow up letter to a meeting, dated 18th November 2019, from Tony Hanway , CEO Virgin Media Ireland to Minister for the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment Richard Bruton.

​Granted​07 February 2020
FOI202020​Journalist

​22 January 2020

Forwarding letter dated 16 September 2019 by email from Kate O Sullivan, VP Corporate Affairs , Virgin Media Ireland to Patrick Cluskey Special Adviser (Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment).

​Granted​07 February 2020
FOI202019​Journalist

​22 January 2020

All correspondence between the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Virgin Media Ireland from January 1 2019 to today.

- In addition, I am requesting details and minutes of any meetings between the  Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Virgin Media Ireland for from January 1 2019 to today.

​Granted​07 February 2020
FOI202018​Journalist

​21 January 2020

All records pertaining to this engagement as detailed here:

https://www.lobbying.ie/return/53561/communicorp-group-limited

​Granted​04 February 2020
FOI202017​Journalist

​17 January 2020

Copy of letter sent by Three Ireland to the department concerning '5G and perceived health risks'. Detailed on the lobbying register

https://www.lobbying.ie/return/54538/three-ireland-hutchison-limited

​Granted​07 February 2020
FOI202016​Journalist

​17 January 2020

Access to all correspondence between Three Ireland (Hutchinson) Ltd and Minister Bruton and/or his officials in relation to 5G and perceived health risks. Details of the correspondence are outlined in the following lobbying return:  https://www.lobbying.ie/return/54538/three-ireland-hutchison-limited

​Granted​07 February 2020
FOI202015​Journalist

​16 January 2020

Requesting the release of details regarding expenses incurred by the Minister and Department's Junior Minister(s) during their visits abroad for St Patrick's Day last year, specifically
• The cost of travel and accommodation for the Minister
• The cost of travel and accommodation for any advisers or other staff for the Minister
• The cost of any gifts (including shamrock) incurred by the Department for the trip
• Any other costs associated for the trip.

​Granted​11 February 2020
FOI202014​Member of the Public

​15 January 2020

· Any documentation in relation to a 'frequently asked questions' or briefing note that has been prepared by employees of the Department in relation to the issue of 5G Communications and its impact on health.

· My request includes references to electro-magnetic frequencies (EMF) and electromagnetic fields as they relate to mobile phone signals and usage.

· I would also like to include correspondence in the preparation of this document with third parties including the EPA and Comreg.

It is my understanding that the Department has prepared an internal briefing note for staff on thee issues which I would like to be disclosed, even if only in draft form.

My request should cover the period 1st January 2017 onwards

Withdrawn​21 January 2020
FOI202013​Journalist

​13 January 2020

 - A list of all Twitter accounts/users blocked by the Department's Twitter account @Dept_CCAE

- A list of all Twitter accounts/users muted by the Department's Twitter account @Dept_CCAE

​Granted​17 January 2020
FOI202012​Client

​10 January 2020

Please let us have copy of all records held by or within the control of the Department of Communications Climate Action and Environment concerning the Monkstown Marina Development, County Cork as proposed by Monkstown Bay Marina Company Limited, including letters, emails,
memoranda, notes, minutes of meetings and any notes taken by the meeting attendees, telephone, text, WhatsApp, or other unwritten communications, and all relevant logs from April 2014 to May 2016.
Please include all letters, emails, memoranda, notes, minutes of meetings and any notes taken by the meeting attendees, telephone, text, WhatsApp, or other unwritten communications, and all relevant logs between Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (as he then was) and the Marine Planning and Foreshore Section regarding the Monkstown Marina foreshore application ref. no. FS 005797 (MS 51/8/1340) and FS 005826 and FS 006408 from April 2014 to May 2016 including but not confined to Larry Kelly. Please include all letters, emails, memoranda, notes, minutes of meetings and any notes taken by the meeting attendees, telephone, text, WhatsApp, or other unwritten communications, and all relevant logs between Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (as he then was), or his officials and An Bord Pleanála regarding the Port of Cork Company's application for the Ringaskiddy Port re-development. An Bord Pleanála reference 04.PA0035. From April 2014 to May 2016. Please include all letters, emails, memoranda, notes, minutes of meetings and any notes taken by the meeting attendees, telephone, text, WhatsApp, or other unwritten communications, and all relevant logs between Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (as he then was), or his officials and Port of Cork Company regarding the Marina Development in Monkstown, County Cork from April 2014 to May 2016. A reference that may assist is REP 983/AK/15.

​Refused​06 February 2020
FOI202011​Journalist

​09 January 2020

All correspondence concerning data centre energy use between the department and ESB Networks, any technology companies or those lobbying on behalf of technology companies.

Clarification received 31/01/2020
All correspondence concerning data centre energy use between the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment , department assistant secretaries and ESB Networks, any technology companies or those lobbying on behalf of technology companies, from January 2019 to January 2020 inclusive.

​Refused

Reply

​21 February 2020
FOI202010​Journalist

​08 January 2020

A list of all submissions made to the Minister or Ministers of State at your department using the e-submissions system (or whatever relevant similar system is in place at your Department) in the period 8 October 2019 to the date of receipt of this request 8 January 2020.

​Part-granted

Reply

29 January 2020​
FOI20208​Journalist

​08 January 2020

All correspondence between Deputy Michael Lowry and Ministers in the Department between the period 01 January 2019 and the present day.

​Part-granted

Reply

​21 January 2020
FOI20207​Journalist

​07 January 2020

Any briefing documents about Ireland and Irish affairs prepared by the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment for the recently appointed European Commissioners for (a) Environment, Oceans and Fisheries (b) Europe Fit for the Digitial Age and (c) European Green Deal (Frans Timmermans) and (b) any correspondence between the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and the European Commission regarding the European Green Deal.

​Refused

Reply

​04 February 2020
FOI20206​Journalist

​07 January 2020

Correspondence between Communicorp group and Minister Bruton, between 1st August 2019 and 5th January 2020.
https://www.lobbying.ie/return/53561/communicorp-group-limited 

​Granted

Reply

​04 February 2020
FOI20205​Member of the Public

​06 January 2020

Email correspondence between the department and Huawei (or representatives of the company) between July 1 2019 and Jan 6 2020.

​Part-granted​05 February 2020
FOI20204​Journalist

​06 January 2020

Any briefing notes or correspondence provided to the Minister regarding the proposals contained in the Official Languages (Amendment) Bill 2019.

​Refused

Reply

​21 January 2020
FOI20203​Journalist

​03 January 2020

All submissions to this consultation: https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/energy/consultations/Pages/Public-Consultation-on-the-Implementation-of-the-Clean-Energy-Package.aspx

​Refused

Reply

​31 January 2020
FOI20202​Journalist

​03 January 2020

All submissions to this consultation:  https://dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/climate-action/consultations/pages/public-consultation-on-ireland%E2%80%99s-long-term-strategy-on-greenhouse-gas-emissions-reduction.aspx

FOI20201Journalist

02 January 2020

- All complaints relating to Met Éireann in 2019.
- The number of complaints received in relation to Met Éireann in each of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

​Withdrawn​06 January 2020