Access to Information on the Environment
European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment Regulations) 2007 to 2014. (S.I No. 133 of 2007, S.I. No. 662 of 2011 & S.I. No. 615 of 2014)
The Access to information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations give you the right to access environmental information held by, or for, Inland Fisheries Ireland and other Public Authorities. A decision on your request must normally be made as soon as possible but at the latest one month from the date of receipt of the request.
What information can I access?
The AIE Regulations allow you to access a wide range of information. They allow you to access environmental information produced by, received by and held elsewhere on behalf of Inland Fisheries Ireland, Please note that the environmental information you require may already be available on IFI’s website.
Environmental information includes information on:
- The state of the elements of the environment, such as air and atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites including wetlands, coastal and marine areas, biological diversity and its components, including genetically modified organisms and the interaction among these elements
- Factors, such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other releases into the environment, affecting or likely to affect the elements of the environment
- Measures (including administrative measures), such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to above as well as measures or activities designed to protect those elements
- Cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used for the above measures and activities
- The state of human health and safety, including the contamination of the food chain, where relevant, conditions of human life, cultural sites and built structures that may be affected by the elements of the environment
- Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
How will my request be handled?
Inland Fisheries Ireland will respond to your request as soon as possible, at latest within 1 month of having received it.
If the request is complex or a large volume of information is required, the authority must write to you within a month and inform you of its difficulties processing your request. It must also give you a date by which it will respond, which must be not more than 2 months after it got your original request.
Information not available under the AIE Regulations?
The AIE Regulations do not apply to Environmental Information that is required to be made available under any other statutory provision.
Information that does not come within the scope of the definition of Environmental Information, and which is not already publicly available, as outlined above, may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2014
How do I make an AIE request?
- state that your request is being made under the AIE Regulations
- provide your name, address and any other relevant contact details,
- state, in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information that is the subject of the request, and
- specify the form or manner of access desired.
Decision on a Request
A decision on your request may be to grant, part grant or refuse the information requested and will normally be made within one month.
The Regulations set out mandatory and discretionary grounds for refusal of information. In either case we must specify in writing the reasons for refusal.
Where the information is held by a public authority other than Inland Fisheries Ireland we will either refer your request or advise you the appropriate public authority to whom your request should be directed.
If I'm denied access to information, can I appeal against the decision?
You may ask Inland Fisheries Ireland for an internal review by a more senior officer. Your request should be made within one month of receipt of notification of the decision. The internal reviewer will inform you of the result of the review within one month.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review, you may contact the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information and seek a review the matter. Your request for appeal must be made within one month of the date that notification of the internal review decision has been, or was required to be, notified to you.
No fee is charged for the making of a request under the AIE Regulations. No fee is charged for the internal review process.
Fees may be charged for the cost of supplying the information, including the staff costs associated with compiling, copying, printing and posting of the information. The charges will only relate to the supply of the information. Details of the charges, if any, will be advised in the final decision letter.
Inland Fisheries Ireland has set the charges as follows:
- If an applicant requires hard copies there may be a fee of €0.04 per sheet depending on the volume of the information contained in the request.
- A charge of €10 applies to the provision of information on CD-ROM.