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From: "William Finnerty" <>
Subject: Submission for First National Report by Ireland under Section 19 of the UN International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
To: "Dept. of Justice Equality and Law Reform (Room 304), Dublin" <>
CC: "Gerard J Madden (Senior Psychiatric Social Worker)" <>, "Gerald Finnerty & Marjorie Dolan (New Inn, County Galway.)" <>, "Mr Greg Nolan (Solicitor, Patrick Hogan & Co., Ballinalsloe, County Galway, Republic of Ireland.)" <>,,, "Northern Ireland Criminal Justice Minister David Hanson MP" <>, "Minister for Justice (Michael McDowell TD)" <>, "Law Society (Republic of Ireland)" <>, "Caroline Nolan (Solicitor, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission)" <>, "Dr Maurice Manning (President of Irish Human Rights Commission)" <>, "Jose Manuel Barroso (President of EU Commission)" <>, "Josep Borrell Fontelles (President of the European Parliament)" <>, "Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel (Council of European Union President)" <>, "Prime Minister Tony Blair MP" <>, "Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde OBE" <>, "Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy (Chief Commissioner of Police, Republic of Ireland)" <>, "Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (Alvaro Gil-Robles)" <>, "Dick Marty (PACE Rapporteur of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights)" <>, "Kofi Annan (Secretary-General of the United Nations)" <>, "The Registrar, European Court of Human Rights, Council of Europe, Strasbourg. (Re: ECHR Case Reference: 25077/05)" <>
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Dear Sir / Madam,
I've just learned that The Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform (Republic of Ireland) is currently preparing the First National Report by Ireland as required under Section 19 of the UN International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; and, that your Department now wishes to invite submissions from interested parties on the above matter. 
I understand that submissions can be made by e-mail, and with that in mind I would be very grateful if you would please consider the contents of the e-mail I sent to Mr Greg Nolan (Lawyer) on December 23rd last - which, as you can see at the following address, was copied to Minister for Justice Michael McDowell TD: 
As I pointed out to Mr Nolan in the above mentioned letter to him, both his actions and those of Justice Minister Michael Mc Dowell all suggest to me (in the strongest possible terms) that neither he, nor Minister for Justice McDowell, have any regard whatsoever for my legal rights (generally) under human rights law. 
More specifically, please note that the manner in which Minister for Justice McDowell appears to be completely ignoring the letter sent to him on my behalf by Mr Gerard Madden (Senior Social Worker in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland) is seen by me to be an extremely serious violation of my legal rights under the terms of the UN International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  For me, the situation is made particularly degrading and cruel by the fact that Mr Madden's letter contained a "To Whom It May Concern" letter from my GP (Dr Michael McCavert) - which Minister McDowell also appears to be completely ignoring.  (A scanned copy of Mr Madden's latter can be seen at .)
Further general background information relating to events surrounding Minister McDowell's failure to treat Mr Madden's letter of November 7th 2005 in a respectful (i.e. non-degrading) manner can be found via the following web site address: 
For future reference purposes a copy of this e-mail will be placed at:  
Translation facilities will be made available at the above address.
It would be much appreciated if you could acknowledge receipt of this e-mail please so that I am not left wondering if you have received it or not; and, should you require any further information from me regarding this submission, and all of the associated "Cruel, Inhuman, Degrading Treatment and Punishment" I am being subjected to for several years now (with no sign whatsoever of it being brought to an end), do please let me know.
Yours sincerely,
William Finnerty. 

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  A printed and signed copy of the above e-mail was sent to Room 304, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland through the Royal Mail "Priority Handling & Registered Delivery" service on January 12th 2006.  Scanned copies of the Post Office receipt are provided below:  

  Side 1


  Side 2



Constitution of Ireland:
Bunreacht na hEireann

and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (United Nations): 


European Convention on Human Rights (Council of Europe):

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations): 


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