General Law

General Capacity Building

Access to Information

Public Participation

Access to Justice

Research Methods





Research Team


September 1st, 2008
Draft Final Report now available.
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The Centre for Sustainability, IT Sligo, Ireland conducted research asking the following questions:

Just how much real access do people have to environmental information?

Just how much real influence can people have on decision-making that could have environmental and health impacts?

Just how easy is it for people to effectively access justice when their rights of access to information and decision-making are denied?.

As this research is all about public participation, we would encourage you to comment on any aspect of the research. Your comments will be included in the process of producing the final report. Comments may be posted on the Forum.

The research seeks to assess the implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration, which was signed by Ireland in 1992.

Principle 10 states:'Environmental issues are best handled with the participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level. At the national level, each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities, including information on hazardous materials and activities in their communities, and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes. States shall facilitate and encourage public awareness and participation by making information widely available. Effective access to judicial and administrative proceedings, including redress and remedy, shall be provided'.



Click on the menu links on the green strip to the left

On each page you will find a scroll down menu. Select the case that interests you and then click 'open case'.

You will now see the case study page, and at the bottom are three choices. Having read the introduction on the page, I suggest that you click on the case 'findings summary' first, and then if you want more detail click on 'findings'.