Information on the Environment

Access to Information on the Environment (AIE)

Subject to certain exceptions, you are entitled to request access to information on the environment that is held by us. This right comes from Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament, and 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 an S.I. No. 615 of 2014).

Údarás Policy Regarding Access to Information on the Environment

An tÚdarás has a statutory obligation to provide information in various ways, for example in its Annual Reports, under the Freedom of Information Acts, and under the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2014.

The Freedom of Information Act is not affected and continue to operate in parallel with these Regulations. A request for information or record may be made under either statutory provision as appropriate.

As an organisation dealing with industrial and employment promotion and with community, language and cultural development, Údarás na Gaeltachta has business property in each of the Gaeltacht counties, including land, buildings, industrial estates and business parks.

Among the types of information it holds are information on business premises, estates and business parks including:

  • properties let to tenants;
  • environmental information on certain projects supported by an tÚdarás;
  • environmental impact studies for planning purposes;
  • and health and safety files.

Request for environmental information

To submit a request under these Regulations, please send a request in writing to the following address that outlines the type of information you want.

The Information Officer
Údarás na Gaeltachta
Na Forbacha
Co. na Gaillimhe

Alternatively,requests can be emailed to asf@udaras.ie

Note: When writing your request make sure to state that you are seeking access to information under ‘the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2014′. Please include the following details:

  • Your full name and address (and phone number if possible)
  • the information or documents you would like to access; and
  • the way you would like the information to be sent to you (for example as hard copy, computer disk, via email, etc.)

You should be as clear and specific as possible in making your request and provide us with as much information as possible to enable us to identify the records that you require. If necessary, we will contact you to ensure we understand your request clearly. We will reply to you no later than 1 month after your application.

Fees

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

This organisation has set these fees as follows:

  • If an applicant requires hard copies there may be a fee of €0.04 per sheet depending on the volume of information contained in the request.
  • A charge of 10.16 euro applies to the provision of information on CD-ROM
  • You will be advised of any charges payable in a letter setting out the Organisation’s decision in relation to your request.

Categories of information you can access

The Directive covers information held in written, visual, aural, electronic or any other material form. There are 6 categories of information within this Directive:

1. The state of the elements of the environment, e.g. air, water, soil, land, landscape, biological diversity.

2. Factors affecting, or likely to affect, the elements of the environment, e.g. energy, noise, radiation, waste, other releases into the environment.

3. Measures designed to protect the elements of the environment, e.g. policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements.

4. Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation.

5. Analyses and assumptions used within the framework of measures designed to protect the environment.

6. The state of human health and safety, the food chain, cultural sites and built structures inasmuch as they may be affected by the element of the environment.

Right of appeal

If you are not satisfied with the response to your letter, you can request an internal review to an Officer of higher rank within Údarás na Gaeltachta. A fee is not charged for requesting an internal review.

To request an internal review, write to us at the address below.

If you are not satisfied with the response from that Officer, you can then contact the Office of the Information Commissioner to submit an appeal. A fee applies to this appeal. The following is a link to the website of the Office of the Information Commissioner. http://www.oic.gov.ie/en/

For more information

The Information Officer,
Údarás na Gaeltachta,
Na Forbacha,
Co. na Gaillimhe.

Other contact details:

Phone: (091) 503100
Fax: (091) 503101
E-mail: asf@udaras.ie
Also: http://www.environ.ie/en/AboutUs/AccesstoInformationontheEnvironment/