Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the majority of Departmental offices are closed with work being handled remotely. As a result post for certain areas may remain uncollected for some time.
To assist us with ensuring that all Freedom of Information/Access to Information on the Environment requests are handled as soon as possible, we would be grateful if FOI and AIE requests could be sent electronically to the following addresses for the imminent future:
Under European law, you have legal rights to legal rights to seek access to information on the environment from public authorities. These rights are known as the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) regulations.
The bodies which you can request information from include:
government departments (for example: the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport)
local authorities (for example: Cork County Council)
non-commercial state agencies (for example: the Environmental Protection Agency)
commercial state agencies (for example: EirGrid)
regulatory bodies (for example: the Commission for Energy Regulation)
Making an application
When making a request for information under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations you must:
state that the application is being made under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations
provide your contact details
state, in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information required
specify the form and manner of access desired
Normally you will be notified of the decision on your request within 1 month of its receipt.
Applications can be sent by post or email to the addresses below.
Fees for making an application
There is no initial fee required when lodging a request for information under AIE.
However, a Public authority may charge a reasonable fee for supplying environmental information depending on the volume of work involved in compiling information where it has not been previously available in an accessible format. This fee has been set as €20.95 per hour.
If requesters require hard copies there may be a fee of 4c per sheet depending on the volume of information contained in the request and this will be advised in the final decision letter.
Where the estimated cost of supplying information on the environment is likely to exceed €100, a deposit of at least 20% of the total amount will be required. In such cases, the requester will be advised in writing of the position and will be provided with an opportunity to review or amend the request.
Fees in respect of supplying information may be waived where the cost is estimated at less than €10.00.
Appealing a decision
If you are unhappy with the decision on your request, or feel your request was otherwise not properly dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations, you may request an internal review. You must request this within one month of receipt of the decision. You can send your application for appeal to the same place you sent your original request.
No fee will be charged for the internal review process.
You will receive a written outcome of the review informing you of the decision, the reason for the decision and advising you of your right of appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information. The time limits and fees associated with such an appeal will also be outlined. The outcome of the review will be issued to you within one month of the date of receipt of the request.