The Commissioner annulled the Department's decision in each case and directed the Department to undertake a fresh decision-making process in respect of each request.
30th May 2023
OCE-125285-R5R7T4, OCE-120471-J6M2B9, OCE-125080-H6N7N8, OCE-119761-F1D1Q9, OCE-125566-Z6L2Z3
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
OCE-125567-P6G3H5, OCE-125768-L4S6W8, OCE-125790-Z0S2H6, OCE-125793-Y8F4B0, OCE-125856-V9Z3Y1
OCE-125858-Z7P9T4, OCE-125863-L2L3H8, OCE-127670-P3C6F4, OCE-129127-Z0Z4H4, OCE-132200-J8B4N5
OCE-133297-N4F7G5, OCE-133307-R2Z4D2, OCE-135259-H7Z9K9, OCE-135364-L1W0G6, OCE-137101-Q4H1J5
The Commissioner affirmed the Department's decision to refuse access to the information sought on the basis that it is not "environmental information" within the meaning of the definition in article 3(1) of the AIE Regulations.
25th May 2023
Department of Foreign Affairs
The Commissioner annulled Coillte's decisions. He directed Coillte to undertake a fresh decision-making process in respect of each of the appellant's requests.
19th May 2023
The Commissioner found that the Department had not established that reasonable and appropriate searches had been conducted to identify and retrieve environmental information within the scope of the appellant's request and remitted the matter to the Department for further consideration.
17th May 2023
The Commissioner found that reasonable and appropriate searches had been undertaken to identify and retrieve environmental information within the scope of the appellant's request and affirmed the Department's decision.
16th May 2023
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
The Commissioner found that the Department had failed to adhere to the timelines for decision-making as set out in article 7(8) of the AIE Regulations, but did ultimately release all requested information to the appellant.
12th May 2023
Department of Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform
The Commissioner found that the Council was justified in refusing part of the request under article 7(5) of the AIE Regulations as it does not hold the records in question. The Council was not justified in redacting information from the records which were released. The Commissioner directed release of the relevant unredacted records.
31st March 2023
Galway County Council