Making a Request

Under the AIE Regulations 2007 to 2014, applicants must state in specific terms the information they require, as well as the form and manner of access desired.

 

To help streamline the AIE application process and to ensure a timely response to all requests, we have developed an AIE application form / Irish version

 

If you wish to request access to environmental information held by, or for, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), simply complete the above form and send it to:

 

 

Access to Information on the Environment,

Corporate Support Unit,

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment,

Elm House,

Earlsvale Road,

Cavan,

Co. Cavan.

H12 A8H7

 

You can also email your completed form to corporatesupport.unit@dccae.gov.ie

 

When can I expect a response to my request?

DCCAE will notify you of the decision on your request within 1 month of our receiving it.

Will it cost me anything?

There is no fee to make a request under AIE Regulations. However, the Regulations do allow a public authority to charge a reasonable fee for the cost of supplying the environmental information.

DCCAE has set the following charges:

 

  • Search, retrieval and copying of records: €20.00 per hour
  • Photocopy: €0.04 per sheet
  • CD Rom: €10.00
  • Radiograph: €6.00

Details of any charges to be applied will be advised in the final decision letter.

Please note that the fee may be waived where the cost is estimated at less than €10.00. Charges will also be disregarded if the record contains only personal information and if, having regard to the means of the requester, it would not be reasonable to apply one.

What if I am unhappy with a decision?
You can request an internal review of the decision if your request for environmental information has been either wholly or partially refused, or if you believe it has not been dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the AIE Regulations 2007-2014. You should make this for a review within one month of the original decision having been notified to you.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the internal review, you may ask the Commissioner for Environmental Information (CEI) to review the matter. You should request an appeal to the CEI within one month of the internal review decision being notified to you.  Further information on submitting an appeal to the CEI is available here.