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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. They were amended by the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. 662 of 2011) and the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2014 (S.I 615 of 2014). These pieces of legislation are to be read together and are to be construed as one. They may be referred to as the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2014.

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. For your convenience, the consolidated legislation is linked below.

http://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/migrated-files/en/Legislation/Environment/Miscellaneous/FileDownLoad%2C30002%2Cen.pdf

Guidance for Public Authorities and others on implementation of the Regulations is linked below for information.
http://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/migrated-files/en/Legislation/Environment/Miscellaneous/FileDownLoad%2C30001%2Cen.pdf

How to Make a Request for Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) 

Last reviewed: 24/2/2017

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