Key Cases

Key cases include:

Right to Know v An Taoiseach and anor [2018] IEHC 372
Access to environmental information – access to cabinet discussions of Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions -whether constitutional protection of cabinet discussions is subject to public interest balancing test (High Court)

Michael Grange v Information Commissioner and anor [2018] IEHC 108.
FOI – whether request was frivolous or vexatious – election observer rosters (High Court)

Friends of the Irish Environment v Fingal Co Co and others [2017] IEHC 695
Challenge to extension of planning permission for new runway at Dublin Airport – EIA and Habitats Directives – Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 – Identification of an unenumerated constitutional right to a healthy environment (High Court)

Stephen Minch v Commissioner for Environmental Information and anor [2016] IEHC 91, [2017] IECA 223.
Access to environmental information – definition of environmental information – National Broadband Plan (High Court, Court of Appeal)

Minister for Communications v Information Commissioner and others [2017] IEHC 222
FOI – Commercially sensitive information – confidentiality between public body and service provider – Information Commissioner’s margin of discretion in determining the public interest balance – Concession contract for operation of state-owned telecommunications infrastructure (High Court)

Right to Know and Ireland ACCC/C/2016/141
Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee – Contravention of Aarhus Convention – delays in administrative review by Commissioner for Environmental Information (UNECE)