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Faisnéis Eagraíochta

Access to Information on the Environment (AIE)

Foilsithe: 17 July 2019
Ó: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Teanga: Níl leagan Gaeilge den mhír seo ar fáil.

Introduction

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.

AIE Unit
Address: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, D02TR60
Email: aie@dttas.ie

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.

Commissioner for Environmental Information

A written appeal can be submitted to the Commissioner for Environmental Information.

The AIE Regulations provide that a fee of 150 euro will be charged for an appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information.

However, provision is also made for a reduced appeal fee of 50 euro for medical card holders and their dependents.

A reduced appeal fee will also apply for people, not party to the original request for access to information, to appeal a decision to release information which they believe will affect them.