Access to Information on the Environment

Introduction

The European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007-2018 provides that people have the right to:

  • access information about the environment, the factors impacting the environment and any policies or legislation affecting/likely to affect the environment held by public bodies.
  • be given reasons for decisions taken by public bodies that affect them.

These AIE Regulations contain the right to obtain access to environmental information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals. The definition of environmental information is contained in these Regulations.

How do I make a request under the AIE Regulations?

Send your written request, together with your contact details, to:

Access to Information on the Environment,
c/o Freedom of Information Officer,  
CORU,
Infinity Building,
George's Court,
George's Lane, 
Smithfield, 
Dublin 7,
D07 E98Y

Email: foi@coru.ie

What do I include in my request?

  • state that the application is being made under the AIE Regulations 2007-2014
  • provide your contact details, including a daytime telephone number
  • state in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information required, and specify the form and manner of access desired

Is there a fee?

In accordance with the Regulations, please note that a Public Authority may decide to charge a reasonable fee for supplying environmental information. Please see Statutory Instrument No. 133 of 2007 and Statutory Instrument No. 662 of 2011 for information on fees.  

When will I get my answer?

CORU aims to process such requests so that you will be notified of our decision well within one month of receipt.

Right of Internal Review

If your request was not granted or only partially granted then you may wish to ask for it to be reviewed by an Internal Reviewer in CORU.

You have one month from the date you receive CORU’s response to ask for an Internal Reviewer to carry out their review.