Access to Information on the Environment

The Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Directive was transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2011 (the “AIE Regulations”). Under the AIE Regulations, members of the public can request access to environmental information from public authorities.

How to request environmental information

Requests for Environmental information should be made through the Freedom of Information Unit at Gas Networks Ireland, PO Box 51, Gasworks Road, Cork or via email to foi@gasnetworks.ie. You do not need to specify the reason for your request, but all requests should:

  1. Be made in writing or electronic form
  2. State that the request is made under the AIE Regulations
  3. State your name, address and any other relevant contact details
  4. State, in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information that you require
  5. If you require access to the environmental information in a particular form or manner, specify the form or manner of access desired.

You will receive a response within one month from the date on which the request is received by the Gas Networks Ireland FOI Unit.

Fees

There is no fee to make a request under the AIE Regulations. Gas Networks Ireland shall not charge a fee to make available environmental information on foot of an AIE Regulations request unless it is considered reasonable having regard to the extent of the information being requested and the overall resources necessary to supply the information. Should charges be necessary to process your request, a member of staff from the Gas Networks Ireland FOI Unit will contact you to advise of charges before proceeding.

Disclaimer/Note

Please be advised that Public bodies may refuse AIE requests on certain mandatory grounds (personal information/third party information) or discretionary grounds (commercial confidentiality etc).

Appeals

If you would like to appeal a decision made by the Gas Networks Ireland FOI Unit, you can do so by sending a request in writing asking for an internal review of the decision. Please address your review request to: Freedom of Information Unit at Gas Networks Ireland, PO Box 51, Gasworks Road, Cork.

If after the internal review, you are unsatisfied with the decision and would like to make a complaint or appeal the decision again, you can do so by contacting the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information (“CEI”). You must appeal or make a complaint to the CEI within one month of getting the reviewed decision from Gas Networks Ireland. For more details, see the OCEI website.