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.
- Further Information
- Routinely Available Information
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.
Fees mentioned above are as follows:
- if an applicant requires hard copies there may be a fee of €0.04 per sheet depending on the volume of information contained in the request
- a charge of €10.16 applies to the provision of information on CD-ROM
There is no charge for applying for an internal review.
AIE Regulations do provide that a fee of €50 must be charged for an appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information. Provision is made for a reduced appeal fee of €15 for medical card holders and their dependents and also for people who are not party to the original request but who are appealing the decision to release information as they believe it affects them.
2015 - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council received a total of 9 AIE requests in 2015 of which 4 were granted and 5 were refused as the Council did not hold the information requested. There was no request for an Internal Review.
2014 - Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council received a total of 7 AIE requests in 2014 of which 5 were granted, 1 was part-granted and 1 was refused. There was no request for an Internal Review.
2013 - Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council received a total of 5 AIE requests in 2013 of which 4 were granted and 1 was part-granted. One request was made for an Internal Review and the decision was upheld and 1 appeal was made to the Office of the Information Commissioner.
For further information on Access to Information on the Environment, please see http://www.environ.ie/environment/access-information-environment/access-information-environment and for further information on the Commissioner’s Office, please see www.ocei.gov.ie.
Routinely Available Information
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council makes a wide range of information about its activities and services available to the public. Any member of the public can obtain such information without having to make a formal request using the AIE Regulations or any other piece of legislation.