Access to Information on the Environment (AIE)

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 615 of 2014), hereafter referred to as ‘the AIE Regulations’, give legal rights to those seeking to access information on the environment from public authorities.

General Information

Subject to certain exceptions, information relating to the environment held by, or for, a public authority must be made available on request to any person.

The Regulations provide a definition of environmental information and outline the manner in which requests for information may be submitted 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.

How do I make an AIE request?

Applications for Access to Information on the Environment should be made to:

Information Access Executive
Commission for Communications Regulation
1 Dockland Central,
Guild St.,
Dublin 1,
D01 E4X0.
Email:  aie@comreg.ie
When making a request for information under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations you are required to:

  • state that the application is being made under the AIE Regulations and submit it in writing or electronic form (aie@comreg.ie).
  • provide your contact details.
  • state, in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information required, and specify the form and manner of access desired.

Normally you will be notified of the decision on your request within 1 month of its receipt.

Fees & Charges

There is no initial fee for making an application under the AIE Regulations.  However, ComReg may charge a reasonable fee for supplying the information requested.   This may include the costs 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.
  • Public authorities must make publicly available a list of fees, if any, charged for the provision of environmental information.
  • There is no charge for applying for an internal review.
  • As of 19th December 2014, the amended cost of taking an appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information is 50 euro or 15 euro if you are the holder, or dependent of a holder of a medical card, or a third party appealing the decision to release certain information.

What can I do if I am unhappy with a decision on my request?

If you consider that your original request for environmental information was refused wholly or partially, or was otherwise not properly dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the AIE Regulations, you may, not later than one month following the receipt of the decision from ComReg, request that ComReg carry out an internal review of the decision in part or in whole.

No fee will be charged for the internal review process.

A written outcome of the review informing you of the decision, the reason for the decision and advising you of your right of appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information, including the time limits and fees associated with such an appeal, will be issued to you within one month of the date of receipt of the request.

If you have any queries please contact Information Access Executive at 018049689 or aie@comreg.ie

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