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Taoiseach in High Court challenge to release Cabinet CO2 document

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THE TAOISEACH has brought a High Court challenge to the Commissioner for Environmental Informations decision ordering the release to a Dublin man of a document containing information of a 2003 Cabinet discussion of greenhouse gas emissions.

Commissioner Emily OReilly directed release of the document to Gary Fitzgerald after deciding a 2003 EU directive, guaranteeing a right of access by the public to environmental information held by public authorities, mandated that release.

She found the directive was framed to specifically exclude the refusal of a request on confidentiality-based grounds if that request related to information on emissions into the environment. The commissioner said even confidentiality provided for by law was not sufficient to displace the presumption that environmental information relating to emissions will be released.

She added she

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