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

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

AIE Officer, The Exchange, George’s Dock, IFSC, D01 P2V6, Dublin 1.

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@fsai.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 one month of its receipt.

Note: Most of the information held by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) would not fall within the scope of the AIE Regulations and applicants may wish to consider if an application for records under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 would be more appropriate. 

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 the FSAI, request that the FSAI 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.


As provided for in the AIE Regulations, there is no initial fee required when lodging a request for information under AIE to the FSAI. A public authority may however, charge a reasonable fee for supplying environmental information in accordance with the Regulations.

The Authority has set these fees as follows: 

  • Search and retrieval fee of €20 per hour. Fees will be considered in line with FOI legislation. 
  • If an applicant requires hard copies there may be a fee of €0.04 per double-sided sheet depending on the volume of information contained in the request
  • A charge of € 10 applies to the provision of information on CD-ROM if this is necessary. 

Details of charges, if any, will be advised in the final decision letter.

Assistance in making requests

If you have any queries, please contact Eileen Lippert at 01 8171351 or by email at aie@fsai.ie

The intention of this page is to provide summary information about AIE. If you require further environmental information than that which is provided on the website, you may submit an AIE request, contact the AIE Unit or read the information in the links below. 


Last reviewed: 13/4/2018

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