Access to Information on the Environment

  1. What is AIE?

The European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 came into force on 1 May 2007 and the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 came into force on 23 December 2011.  Both pieces of legislation are to be read together and construed as one and are referred to as the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2014.

  1. How do I make a Request for Access to Information on the Enviornment (an AIE request)?

If you wish to seek access to information on the environment under the AIE regulations, you will need to:

  • Make your request in writing or via email.
  • Indicate that the information is being sought under the AIE regulations.
  • Be as clear and specific as possible in making your request and provide as much information as possible to enable us identify the records that you require.
  • You don’t need to state the reason why you are making the request.
  • If you would like to receive access to the information/records requested in a particular format, (e.g. photocopies, electronically etc), please mention this when submitting your request.
  • Include a daytime telephone number or email address and your postal address to help us to contact you if any queries arise in relation to your request.
  • Requests should be posted to:

AIE Officer,

FOI / IAE  Unit

Foras na Gaeilge,

63-66 Amiens Street,

Dublin 1

Alternatively, requests can be emailed to socearnaigh@forasnagaeilge.ie.

If you are having difficulty in identifying the precise records that you require, the staff of the Department will be happy to help you.

You will receive acknowledge receipt of your request in writing or via email within 10 working days.  The acknowledgement letter will also provide you with the name and contact details of the person who will be making the decision in relation to your request and will advise you when you can expect to receive this decision.