Access to Information on the Environment (AIE)
The European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 133 of 2007), gives legal rights to those seeking access to information on the environment from public authorities.
These Regulations came into effect on 1st May 2007, repealing the previous legislative instrument, the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 1998. S.I. 662 of 2011, S.I. 615 of 2014 and S.I. 309 of 2018 revised these regulations further.
The amalgamation of these three pieces of legislation should be read together as one, and may be referred to as the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2018. An unofficial consolidation of the Regulations is available here
Information relating to the environment held by, or for, a public authority must be made available on request to any person subject to certain exceptions.
The Regulations provide a definition of environmental information and outline the manner in which requests for information should be provided to public authorities. The Regulations also provide for a formal appeals procedure in the event that a person is unhappy with a decision on their request.
For the purposes of applying the Regulations to this Department – the Department occupies one building - environmental information could include the health and safety in the building, the built structure insofar as it, may be, affected by the state of the elements of the environment (air, atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape etc).
Public Authorities should take account of the guidelines published under Article 14 of the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007 to 2014 in performing their functions. Please see guidelines here. Please be advised that this is not a legal document.
The guidelines assist public authorities who hold environmental information. They also benefit the general public and others who wish to exercise their rights to access environmental information.
Contact details for AIE Officer in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Freedom of Information Unit
Department of Children and Youth Affairs,
Block 1, Miesian Plaza, 50-58 Baggot Street Lower,
Requests for environmental information under the Regulations can be made to the Department in the following way:
- submit a request to the AIE Officer (details above) in writing or in electronic form firstname.lastname@example.org
- state that the request is made under the AIE Regulations
- state your name, address and any other contact details
- be as specific as possible regarding the information required
- specify the preferred format in which the information is requested
In general, the Department is required to respond to an AIE request within one month of its receipt.
Information will be provided with due regard to the Regulations in respect of grounds under which certain information may be withheld.
As provided for in the AIE Regulations, there is no initial fee required when lodging a request for information under AIE to this Department. A public authority may however, charge a reasonable fee for supplying environmental information in accordance with the Regulations. Any fees which may be payable will be notified on receipt of a request.