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Introduction

 

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.

  • Fees
  • Statistics
  • Further Information
  • Routinely Available Information

Fees

 

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.

 

STATISTICS

 

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. 

Further Information

 

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.

 

 

FAQS

 

There are six categories of information available as follows:

the state of the elements of the environment e.g. air, water, soil, land, landscape, biological diversity

factors affecting, or likely to affect, the elements of the environment, e.g. energy, noise, radiation, waste and other releases into the environment

  • measures designed to protect the elements of the environment e.g. policies, legislation, plans, programs, environmental agreements
  • reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
  • analyses and assumptions used within the framework of measures designed to protect the environment
  • the state of human health and safety, the food chain, cultural sights and built structures in as much as they may be affected by the elements of the environment.

Under the mandate of legislation, we must refuse to give you access to environmental information on the following grounds:

  • personal information
  • information supplied by a third party voluntarily
  • material the disclosure of which would make it more likely that the environment to which such material related would be damaged
  • confidentiality of the proceedings of public authorities.

Under the AIE Regulations we may refuse to give you access to information on certain grounds:

  • international relations, national defence or public security
  • the course of justice
  • commercial or industrial confidentiality
  • intellectual property rights
  • material in the course of completion
  • internal communications with public authorities
  • the request is considered to be unreasonable due to the volume or range of information sought or the request is too general.

When making a request for information under the AIE Regulations, you must:

submit your request in writing or electronic form and state that it is being made under the AIE Regulations

  • provide your contact details
  • state as clearly as possible the environmental information required
  • if you require the information in a specific format or manner of access, you should specify this in your request.

 We are obliged to reply within one month of receipt of your application.

Please submit your application to:

Conor Peoples
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Services & Human Resources Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

 Tel:  01 2047053

Fax:  01 2806969

Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

Office tel:  01 2047053

Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie

The AIE Regulations allow people access to environmental information held by or for public authorities which is not routinely available through other means.  

The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 operate in parallel with the AIE Regulations.  This means that people can gain access to environmental information under the FOI Acts and the AIE Regulations

If you wish to access personal information held by the Council under the Data Protection legislation, please see the Data Protection Section

If you are not satisfied with the response to your request or if the Council fail to respond within the assigned timeframe, you can request an internal review of the matter.   That review will be undertaken by an officer of the Council who was unconnected to the original decision.  You must make your appeal within one month of receiving the original decision letter and the Council must respond to your appeal within one month of receipt of same.

Please submit your appeal to:

Conor Peoples
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

Tel:  01 2047053

Fax:  01 2806969

Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

Following the completion of the internal review, you may seek an independent review of the decision from the Commissioner for Environmental Information.  Appeals to the Commissioner must be made within one month of the internal review decision.  You may also appeal to the Commissioner if the Council does not reply to your request for an internal review of the original decision within one month.

Appeals must be made in writing to the Commissioner for Environmental Information at the following address:

Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information
18 Lower Leeson Street
Dublin 2

Tel:   01 6395689
Email:  info@ocei.ie

Further contact details and information on the Commissioner's Office can be found on www.ocei.ie.

Third parties affected by the decision of the Council may also appeal to the Commissioner against the Council’s decision.

You must include the appropriate fee for your appeal (see Fees Section for more information).

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