Consultation

We have an open programme of consultation around both our Forestry and Land Solutions businesses.  Our plans are publically available and we invite members of the public and other interested parties to submit any comments they wish to make. Our consultation policy may be found here.

 

Our consultation processes include

  • placing adverts in national and regional newspapers
  • posting consultation opportunities on our website
  • issuing mailshots to stakeholders
  • engaging with stakeholders
  • arranging one to one meetings with stakeholders on request with local representatives to facilitate feedback on plans and operations
  • considering comments/views raised during consultation so that where possible they are fed into our plans

View more specific information about the Land Solutions Engagement Process

View more specific information about Consultation on Forest Plans

 

Our Stakeholders

We consult widely with our stakeholders when preparing our forest management plans, policies and objectives.  Being a stakeholder means you will receive the following information,

  • updates about reviews of our management plans
  • consultation opportunities around those updates, which allows you to send your views/comments in to us for consideration

Our stakeholder list is used solely for consultation purposes.  Coillte is committed to protecting stakeholder privacy and to processing all personally identifiable information provided to the company in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you wish to become a Coillte stakeholder, please fill in all the details in the consultation form here.

We specifically request that if you have an e-mail address that you could input it, as we are committed to environmentally friendly methods of communication.

 

Coillte’s Social and Environmental Panels

Our Social and Environmental panels provide a forum for Coillte staff and environmental, social and community groups to discuss issues of common interest.  They provide us with an opportunity to receive views and suggestions from the panel and give stakeholders the chance to access information about our policies, plans and practices. 

A panel is formed in each Coillte Business Unit Area and is co-ordinated locally.  Acceptance of new panel members takes place at different stages and local advertisements are placed when vacancies arise. 

If you would like to be part of our panel, please complete the application form, sending it to the Coillte email address, as outlined on your local panel advertisement. 

More information on our Social and Environmental Panels is available in our FAQ section.

 

 

Access to Information under AIE ~ 'Access to Information on the Environment'

Coillte is subject to Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and Council on Public Access to Environmental Information. This regulation provides that, subject to certain exceptions, information relating to the environment held by, or for, a public authority must be made available on request to any person. 

 

Accessing information from Coillte: 

The first place to check for Environmental Information is our website.  If what you need is not there, you can apply directly to us.

Requests for information can be made either in writing or by email and should include the following details:

  • your name and address 
  • the information or documents you would like to access; and 
  • the way you would like the information to be sent to you (for example as hard copy, via email, etc.).

An electronic form is available below to help you provide us with the information we need to process the request as quickly as possible. 

 

Getting Information

We respond to requests for information as quickly as possible.  The legislation requires us to do so not later than one month after the date of receipt but this timescale may occasionally have to be extended for a further month if the information requested is very extensive or if we have to consider whether or not providing it is in the public interest.

We will process your request more quickly if you can be as specific as possible about the information you want, as contacting you for clarification may add to the time we need to respond.  Please also tell us whether you want the information sent to you on paper or by email, and whether you have any particular requirements.   

If you need any further guidance on information held by Coillte, you can contact  info@coillte.ie 

 

Schedule of Charges Associated with AIE Requests 

€0.04 per sheet for a black and white photocopy

€0.15 per sheet for a colour A4 copy

€2.50 per A3 coloured map 

€15.00 for a CD-Rom

1/3 reduction in fees for medical card holders (on production of evidence)

 

AIE Appeals Procedure

Internal Appeal

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request for information, you have a right to have your request reviewed by someone other than the original recipient. In Coillte's case such an appeal can be forwarded to Donal Moriarty,  Legal Counsel & Company Secretary,  Coillte, Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow.  Email: donal.moriarty@coillte.ie 

 External Appeal

There is also a right of external appeal to the Office of the Information Commissioner who also oversees and enforces the Access to Environmental Act.

 

Useful Links: 

AIE Regulations - Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government 

Irish FOI Site  - Department of Finance 

Data Protection Commissioner

Office of the Information Commissioner  

Discover Our Business

We run three high potential businesses on our land - Forestry, Land Solutions and MEDITE SMARTPLY. These businesses will deliver up to €75 million per annum by 2025, this will be a return of 4-5% from our €1.5 billion assets.