Access to Information on the Environment
Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations 2007 to 2014
The European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2014 give legal rights to those seeking access to information on the environment from public authorities. Under the Regulations, information relating to the environment held by, or for, a public authority must, subject to certain exceptions, be made available on request to any person.
Making an AIE request
Applications under the Regulations for information on the environment should be made in writing to the following address:
Regulatory & Administration Unit,
Transport Infrastructure Ireland,
Parkgate Business Centre,
By email to AIE@tii.ie
The request should:
- state that the application is being made under the AIE Regulations;
- provide daytime contact details;
- clearly indicate the specific environmental information required, and
- specify the form and manner of access desired.
It should be clearly indicated that the request is being made under the provisions of the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations. Please be as specific as possible when detailing your request so as to enable the staff of TII process your application. Also, please include a daytime contact telephone number so that we can contact you should any clarification be required in relation to your request.
Normally, decisions on requests made under the Regulations are notified within one month of their receipt by TII.
Charges/fees for information provided under the AIE Regulations
There are no charges for submitting a request for environmental information under the AIE Regulations or for search and retrieval of records.
Search & Retrieval Fees
Search and retrieval costs are charged at €20 per person per hour, subject to the following:
- No charge is applied if the search & retrieval time takes less than 5 hours (i.e. cost of €100 or less).
- If the charge exceeds €100, full fees will apply, subject to a maximum fee of €500, as set out in the following bullet.
- If the estimated cost would exceed €700 (i.e. 35 hours), TII may refuse to process the request unless the requester is prepared to refine the request to bring the search, retrieval and copying fees below the €700 limit.
Copies of Records
The following charges apply for copying records:
- €0.04 per sheet for a photocopy.
- €10 for a CD-ROM.
Details of actual charges relating to your request will be notified to you in writing.
Payments should be made by way of cheque made payable to “Transport Infrastructure Ireland” (for requests from members of the public) or by electronic funds transfer (for requests from businesses). Details of the electronic funds transfer are available from our Finance Unit, email: email@example.com.
If your request for environmental information is refused wholly or partially, or you consider that your request was not properly dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the AIE Regulations, you may, not later than one month following receipt of the decision, request TII to carry out an internal review of the decision. No fee will be charged for the internal review process.
A written outcome of the review, informing you of the decision and the reason for the decision, will normally be issued to you within one month of the date of receipt of the review request.
If you are not satisfied with the decision following the internal review process, you may appeal the matter, in writing, to the Commissioner for Environmental Information at the following address:
Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information,
18 Lower Leeson Street,
Tel: +353 (1) 639 5689
Locall: 1890 25 32 38 (Please note that the rates charged for the use of 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers)
Fax: +353 (1) 639 5674
The AIE Regulations provide that a fee of €50 must be charged for an appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information. A reduced appeal fee of €15 applies if the applicant is a medical card holder, the dependent of a medical card holder or a third party who is appealing the decision of a public authority to release certain information.
Please note that TII will process any personal data that you provide to us in accordance with our Data Protection Notice, which is available here