Environmental law

European environmental law
Overview of legislation, policy and funding programmes for the protection of the environment.

Access to environmental information
You have the right to access certain information about the environment and pollutants that may affect it. Find out how to access environmental information.

Aarhus Convention and related agreements
The Aarhus Convention sets out rules to promote public participation in environmental matters. Read about the Convention and related agreements.

Noise pollution
The rules as regards the control of noise, the various bodies responsible and how to complain about excessive noise
This document is in: Environmental protection

Waste management regulations and legislation
There is a range of Irish and EU legislation dealing with the disposal of different types of waste. Find out more.
This document is in: Waste management and recycling

Littering and dumping
What is litter pollution and what are the penalties?
This document is in: Environmental protection

Judicial review in planning and environmental matters
Public decisions may be judicially reviewed by the High Court to determine whether they are illegal. Find out about judicial review in the environmental and planning areas.
This document is in: Planning and development

Dealing with asbestos
Asbestos can release dangerous dust if it is disturbed. It should only be dealt with by specialists, using protective equipment and strict safeguards.
This document is in: Environmental protection

Pollution prevention and control
Describes EU and Irish law regarding licensing procedures and enforcement of pollution prevention and control measures.
This document is in: Environmental protection

Climate change
Human activity is causing the Earth's climate to change. This document explains the impacts of climate change and the steps being taken to address it.
This document is in: Environmental protection

Environmental protection of nature and biodiversity
A range of Irish and EU legislation aims to ensure biodiversity by conserving natural habitats and wild fauna and flora.
This document is in: Environmental protection

Genetically Modified Organisms and GMO regulation
EU environmental protection includes regulation on the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). There is a broad legal framework to ensure that GMOs and GMO-derived products that are grown, marketed and imported to the EU meet certain safety standards
This document is in: Agriculture and forestry