Email dated November 14th 2004 to Galway City & County Councillors
Dear Galway Councillors,
Green Party Justice Spokesperson Deputy Ciarán Cuffe TD is to ask in the Dáil why (after over 6 years) the international Aarhus Convention Agreement has not yet been "laid before Dail Eireann" - as required under Article 29, 5, 1 of the Republic of Ireland Constitution.
Further information can be found in the e-mail copied below.
For future reference purposes a copy of this e-mail will later be placed at the following address:
----- Original Message -----
From: William Finnerty
To: Ciarán Cuffe
Cc: Kilconnell Anti-Dump Group Secretary (Annette Gilchrist) ; New Inn Anti-Dump Chairman (Vincent Costello) ; Woodlawn House Preservation Society ; Tara / Skreen Group ; Siobhan Nevin's Yahoo Group ; New Inn AntiDump Internet Group ; Nature Ireland ; Kilconnell Anti-Dump Internet Group ; GreenNWF@yahoogroups.com ; Green Party Ireland (Yahoo Group) ; CelticParty(Yahoo) ; Ann Marie Kelly Discussion Group ; An Taisce (Yahoo Discussion Group) ; Turoe Stone Preservation Society
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 4:44 PM
Subject: Question to be asked in Dail Eireann ( RE: AARHUS CONVENTION AGREEMENT )
I'm very pleased to learn that you will be asking a question in the Dáil as to why (after over 6 years) the international Aarhus Convention Agreement has not yet been "laid before Dail Eireann" - as required under Article 29, 5,1 of the Republic of Ireland Constitution.
As I regard the Aarhus Convention Agreement to be the MOST important international agreement the Republic of Ireland has ever signed to date, in terms of "the common-good" it could do if was ratified, implemented, policed, and maintained, I hope you will ask this question in the Dail at your EARLIEST convenience please; and, that you not be delayed by the power-mad and the money-mad: who appear to me to be so desperately, so selfishly, and so greedily, trying so hard to actively deceive the people of the Republic of Ireland regarding the presence of this extremely important agreement.
The more I learn about the workings of the present Government, the more the following "political" rule-of-thumb comes into my mind: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely".
Unfortunately, the current political problems connected with this rule-of-thumb do not by any means appear to me to be restricted to Government Ministers. Why is it, for example, that apart from yourself and a few others, all of the remaining Oireachtas Members - particularly the members of the larger so-called "opposition parties" - appear to be doing nothing whatsoever to prevent the written Constitution of this State from being violated?
The extremely important tripartite separation of powers embedded in the Constitution of the Republic has all but completely vanished now - so that all of the Government Ministers, virtually all of the Oireachtas (including President Mary McAleese), and almost all members of the Legal Profession are - for all practical purposes - now acting as one entirely like-minded cloned group. This situation explains why I and the other members of my local community continue to be relentlessly BULLIED (despite several years of valid objections) into accepting plans for TWO huge superdumps to be located within a few miles of each other (in Kilconnell & New Inn), and a new toll road to feed the New Inn superdump (the N6 Upgrade) which is scheduled to go right through the heart of what may well be the largest, the most important, and the most successful military defence system ever constructed by the Iron Age Celtic peoples of Europe (circa 500 BC to 500 AD): which is centred around the Turoe Stone, the best known and the most important piece of Celtic stone-art in the world.
The socially outrageous set of problems outlined in the paragraph immediately above is exactly the type of TYRANNY that the "separation of powers" principle embedded in the Republic of Ireland Constitution is meant to prevent.
For future reference purposes, it is my intention to later place a copy of this e-mail at the following Internet address:
I look forward to hearing from you again; and, I will be PARTICULARLY INTERESTED to see if any mention of your Dail Question regarding the Aarhus Convention Agreement appears in the MEDIA: which, whether by choice or through intimidation, appears to me to be doing everything it possibly can to protect the best interests of the power-mad and the money-mad.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ciarán Cuffe" <email@example.com>
To: "'William Finnerty'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 3:44 PM
Subject: RE: OIREACHTAS MEMBERS COPY > Everything you need to know > Aarhus
Convention Agreement Update
I'll ask this as a Dáil question and shall let you know the reply ...
Ciarán Cuffe TD
Dún Laoghaire Green Party
Dáil Éireann, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
W 01 618 3082
F 01 618 4341
From: William Finnerty [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 06 November 2004 19:52
To: Bertie.Ahern@oireachtas.ie; Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney;
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The Århus Convention establishes a number of rights of the public (citizens and their associations) with regard to the environment. Public authorities (at national, regional or local level) are to contribute to allowing these rights to become effective. The Convention provides for:
Above text taken from:
National Development Plan
"The NDP is the largest and most ambitious investment plan ever drawn up
for Ireland. It involves an investment of over
EUR 52 billion
Private and EU funds (in 1999 prices) over the period 2000-2006. The Plan
involves significant investment in health services, social housing,
education, roads, public transport, rural development, industry, water and
waste services, childcare and local development."
Bunreacht na hEireann:
Draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for
Text of EU Constitution Draft Treaty:
Text of Environment Section of EU Constitution Draft
Checking and correcting unconstitutional legislation
(Republic of Ireland):
Legislation and the role of the President of the
Republic of Ireland:
Irish Legislation (BAILII):
Legal Information Initiative (IRLII):
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