Monthly Archives: May 2013

A NAMA update

The stay on the judgment of Judge Mac Eochaidh has been continued until October 2013, where the substantive issue of “and includes” will be heard before the Supreme Court. This is a victory of sorts, as it was quite possible that the case might not have been heard for several years – it will now… Read More »

NAMA -vs-

This week will see the culmination of more than three years of work on the part of to try and obtain information from the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and Anglo Irish Bank (now the defunct IBRC) through a legal process called an Access to Information on the Environment request (AIE). Those of you… Read More »

Swords -v- OCEI: Was there ever any doubt over search and retrieval charges for AIE?

The recent appeal decision by the Commissioner for Environmental Information highlights that during the previous five years search and retrieval fees have been wrongly charged by public authorities for requests for access to environmental information. The decision also provides a good opportunity to summarise how the provisions of Directive 2003/4/EC relating to fees have been… Read More »

Search & retrieval fees no longer apply to AIE requests

Following an appeal by Pat Swords, the Commissioner for Environmental Information (detailed here) ruled that the Department of the Environment was not within its rights to charge search and retrieval fees on his request, as this was essentially contrary to the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) 2007/2011 Regulations. The Department had 8 weeks… Read More »