The Information Commissioner has said he is concerned about a 30% increase in freedom of information requests that still had not been dealt with by the end of last year. 

Peter Tyndall was speaking at the publication of his annual report, and said would it not want to see a backlog in bodies regarding requests.

Mr Tyndall also said he backed a call this week by the Public Service Oversight and Petitions Committee that Freedom of Information should be extended to all aspects of direct provision.

The number of FOI requests increased by 7% in 2014.

The office had, for the first time, to use its powers to enter a premises to access records. However, Mr Tyndall said the issue with the Irish Greyhound Board was more to do with disorganisation and a lack of proper record management.

Some of the significant decisions include the direction of the release of records on direct provision while a decision by the Courts Service to refuse access to judges' expenses was not upheld.

A decision by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to refuse access to records relating to RTÉ's Mission to Prey was upheld.