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Access to Information on the Environment (AIE)

The AIE Regulations 2007 to 2018 gives citizens the right to access 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 provided on request to any person. 

The Regulations provide a definition of environmental information and outline the manner in which requests for information should be provided to public authorities. The Regulations also provide for a formal appeals procedure in the event that a person is unhappy with a decision on their request.

How do I make an AIE request?
AIE requests can be submitted to:

AIE Officer,
AIE Unit,
Mental Health Commission, Waterloo Exchange,
Waterloo Road, Dublin 4.
D04 E5W7
Tel: (01) 6362400
E-mail: dpfoi@mhcirl.ie

When making a request for information under the AIE Regulations you must:

state that the application is being made under the AIE Regulations and submit it in writing to the above address or in electronic form to dpfoi@mhcirl.ie;

    • provide your contact details;
    • state, in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information required;
    • specify the form and manner of access desired.

Normally you will be notified of the decision on your request within 1 month of its receipt.

What can I do if I am unhappy with a decision on my request?
If you are unhappy with the decision on your request, or feel your request was otherwise not properly dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the AIE Regulations, you may request an internal review. You must request this within one month of receipt of the decision.

No fee will be charged for the internal review process.

You will receive 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. The time limits and fees associated with such an appeal will also be outlined. The outcome of the review will be issued to you within one month of the date of receipt of the request.

How do I make an appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information?
A written appeal can be submitted to the Commissioner for Environmental Information:

Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information,
18 Lower Leeson Street,
Dublin 2. 
Tel: +353 (0)1 639 5689

Further contact details and information on the Commissioner's Office are contained on the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) website

The AIE Regulations provide that no fee will be apply in the case where an appeal relates to a personal record of the requester. A fee of 50 euro will be charged for an appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information for a non-personal record. However, provision is also made for a reduced appeal fee of 15 euro for medical card holders and their dependents. A reduced appeal fee will also apply for people, not party to the original request for access to information, to appeal a decision to release information which they believe will affect them.

Contact Details

Waterloo Exchange, Waterloo Road, Dublin 4

Ph: 353(1) 636 2400

Fax: 353(1) 636 2440

Eircode: D04 E5W7

GPS coordinates: 53°19'58.6"N 6°14'36.9"W