Brendan Howlin withdraws FOI amendment on multiple requests

Wednesday 13 November 2013 22.23
The wording of the amendment will be reconsidered
The wording of the amendment will be reconsidered

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has withdrawn plans to change amendment 33 in Ireland's Freedom of Information laws. 

Mr Howlin said he had given consideration of the views and concerns over the objective and he acknowledged the concerns. 

He requested permission to "withdraw the amendment and make it beyond confusion, doubt or interpretation".

It is reported that the wording will be reconsidered for the report stage of the bill.

The amendment stated if a request is made up of two or more parts of information, the FOI body concerned shall treat each part of the request as a separate FOI request. 

Amendment 53 was also withdrawn by the minister.

The National Union of Journalists has welcomed the move, but said it was still concerned at the possible use of the fees structure as a means of deterring requests.