Avonmore_SC_010 Sub Catchment: AIE to Coillte

AIE request 20220132

I refer to the request you made under the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2018 (S.I. No. 133 of 2007, S.I. No. 662 of 2011, S.I. 615 of 2014 and S.I. No. 309 of 2018) (hereafter referred to as the AIE Regulations) for access to information held by Coillte relating to all works (e.g. afforestation, felling, roads – including repairs and maintenance in addition to
new road works and road upgrade works) undertaken by Coillte during the period from 31 December 2021 to the date of your reply, in any part of the area referred to as Avonmore_SC_010 Sub Catchment in the EU funded Waters of LIFE Project (launched 3 May 2022):

  1. A copy of all Harvest Plans (including any Harvest Plans pre-dating 31 December 2021 but relating to any works (or part of works) being undertaken after 31 December 2021).
  2. A copy of all Operational Monitoring Records (including any Operational Monitoring Records pre-dating 31 December 2021 but relating to any works (or part of works) being undertaken after 31 December 2021).
  3. Details of any interactions and copies of all relevant records /correspondence (all media) with Inland Fisheries Ireland (‘IFI’) during the period from 31 December 2021 to the date of your reply.
  4. Details of any water related incidents connected with, and /or alleged to be connected with, any Coillte operations during the period from 31 December 2021 to the date of your reply

Manifestly unreasonable

Under Article 9(2)(a) of the AIE Regulations, where a request is manifestly unreasonable having regard to the volume or range of information sought, a public authority may refuse to make environmental information available.

As the decision maker assigned to your application, it is my opinion that your request, as currently worded, is manifestly unreasonable having regard to the volume or range of information sought. Your request as currently phrased would, in my opinion, place an unreasonable demand on Coillte’s resources and/or would disrupt its ability to perform its core functions.

All of the following refinements should be considered:
• Reduce the time period for which you seek the information (3 months).
• Limit the catchment area to Avonmore OR Graney (I note your AIE our reference: 20220131 looks for similar information for the Graney catchment.)
• Limit your request to a forest operation, for example harvesting only

Information and Data Protection Officer
Coillte CGA

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