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Access to Information on the Environment

Access to Information on the Environment

You have the right to obtain certain environmental information from Laois Education Centre under the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 (as amended). The AIE legislation sets out the procedures for public access to information relating to the environment held by public bodies.

To make a request to Laois Education Centre under AIE legislation, we ask that you submit your request electronically to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in writing to: FOI Officer, Laois Education Centre, Block Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

 In your request, we ask that you:

• Specify that you are making the request under AIE legislation and clearly state the environmental information that you are requesting.

• Please try to provide as much detail as possible to enable us to process your request efficiently.

• Include your return address.

You will receive a response within one month from the date on which the request is received by the Laois Education Centre FOI Section.

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).

Charges: There is no initial fee for making an AIE request.  However, a public authority may charge a reasonable fee for supplying the information required, including photocopying fees, printing fees and postage fees.  Please note that photocopying is charged at €0.10 per sheet and postage is as per standard rates applicable.


If you would like to appeal a decision made by the Laois Education Centre FOI Section, you may do so by sending a request in writing asking for an internal review of the decision.  Please address your review request to: FOI Officer, FOI Section, Laois Education Centre, Block Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

If after the internal review, you are dissatisfied 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 Laois Education Centre.