The European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2014 (S.I. No. 133 of 2007, S.I. No. 662 of 2011 and S.I. No. 615 of 2014) (AIE Regulations) gives legal rights to those seeking to access information on the environment from public authorities.
Under these Regulations, information relating to the environment held by, or for, a public authority must be made available on request, subject to certain exceptions. The AIE Regulations also oblige public authorities to be proactive in disseminating environmental information to the public.
There is no initial fee for making an application under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations. However, a public authority may charge a reasonable fee for supplying the information requested. This may include the cost of compiling, copying, printing or posting of information.
Public Authorities may not charge for access to registers or lists of environmental information or for the examination of such information in situ.
For further information on Access to Information on the Environment, please see https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/about-us/compliance/access-to-information-on-the-environment-(aie)/Pages/Access-to-Information-on-the-Environment%20(AIE).aspx and for further information on the Commissioner’s Office, please see www.ocei.ie