recently received reports via the Internet which indicate you are at present working on matters relating to
the "non-implementation" of the Aarhus Convention Agreement by the
Republic of Ireland, and that the Republic of Ireland can soon
expect to be in receipt of a "final warning" letter from the European
Commission regarding this particular issue.
Although I have long ago
lost count of the number of times I have tried to raise the "Aarhus Convention
Agreement" issue outlined below (regarding the "Kilconnell SuperDump" in
County Galway) during recent years - with various people in the European
Parliament, Commission, and Council - I can find no evidence in the
reports I have recently received (relating to your work) that you are at all
aware of the problem I have outlined in an Indymedia Newswire
publication this morning - which is reproduced below, and which is
self-explanatory I believe.
wishes by W.
Finnerty Wed Feb 01, 2006 09:29
This looks like a really good idea to me - particularly when it seems
to be very much in keeping with the United NationsAarhus Convention
Agreement principles - which the Republic of Ireland signed in 1998.
(Some basic information on this unusually important and socially benign
international agreement can be found at http://www.finnachta.com/TheAarhusConvention.htm )
In case The Irish Environmental
Forum might not be fully aware of the situation, please note that outline
information on some really dreadful wrongdoing by senior public officials - in
the form of an application for Legal Aid dated November 3rd 2004
by a young law student (Ms Ann Marie Kelly), who is a neighbour of mine
in County Galway, and which relates to a truly MASSIVE piece of
undermining of the Aarhus Convention Agreement, can be viewed at the following
Some may also be interested to know that
Ms Kelly's application for Legal Aid, to challenge the huge National Toll
Roads / Greenstar rubbish dump in our community, was copied to Minister
for Justice Michael McDowell TD, Prime Minister Bertie Ahern TD, and
Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney TD - as can clearly be seen at
the address immediately above.
Sadly, and as some readers will
already know, all of the senior public officials concerned appear to have
completely ignored Ms Kelly's requests - with the result that the huge National
Toll Roads / Greenstar rubbish dump in Kilconnell - or "The Kilconnell
SuperDump" as it is normally referred to locally - opened for business
a few weeks ago.
More recently, and as can be seen at the address
provided immediately below, the matter of Ms Kelly's application for Legal Aid
has been mentioned in connection with the European Court of Human Rights Case
Number 25077/05 - under "Item 9)" in the e-mail sent yesterday to
senior lawyer Robert McCartney QC MLA: http://www.constitutionofireland.com/RobertMcCartneyQC31January2006/Email.htm
You may also wish to be informed that I wrote to
lawyer Gearoid Geraghty (Ballinasloe, County Galway) on December 21st
2004 with a request to take legal action (on my behalf) against public
officials (in the Republic of Ireland) regarding the way they were ignoring the
Aarhus Convention Agreement. A copy of the letter text in question, together
with a copy of the associated Post Office "Registered Delivery"
receipt, can be seen at the following address: http://www.constitutionofireland.com/FairMurtaghEmail21Dec2004.htm
For reasons which I trust you (and
others) will easily understand, it seems very important to me that I never
received any reply of any kind from Mr Geraghty to the letter reproduced at the
address immediately above - which, as can also be seen at the same address, was
copied to Margot Wallstrom (Vice President of EU Commission), Stavros Dimas
(EU Commissioner for Environment & Social Affairs), and Jose Manuel
Barroso (President of EU Commission).
With the European Court of
Human Rights Case Number 25077/05 in mind (referred to above), it would be much
appreciated if you could take very careful note of the information I am
providing you with in this e-mail, which I hope you will be able to let me have
an acknowledgement of receipt for as soon as you reasonably can