Email to RTE's Pat Kenny dated October 31st 2004
Dear Mr Kenny,
In connection with general environmental matters (which very much include incineration), and on an ONGOING basis, the "traditional media" (e.g. RTE, The Irish Times, Irish Independent, TV3, etc., etc., etc.) all appear to be censoring EXTREMELY important and highly relevant information concerning the international Aarhus Convention Agreement, which the Republic of Ireland signed on June 25th 1998: and which is of course over SIX years ago now.
Thanks to this censorship, almost NOBODY, and I repeat almost NOBODY, in Ireland has ever even heard of the Aarhus Convention Agreement yet - which is potentially one of the most important international agreements ever signed. Some 40 or so European countries, including the European Union, are signatories; and, apart from environmental issues, this particular agreement also has massive and benign implications for improving democracy in our society.
I wonder why this censorship is happening? - and I hope I will hear some explanation on your Radio Show tomorrow regarding this extremely serious matter.
According to the written Constitution of the Republic of Ireland (Article 29, 5, 1), it is very clearly stated that: "Every international agreement to which the State becomes a party shall be laid before Dail Eireann". Why, after over 6 years, has this not happened yet? Perhaps you might have a Government minister explain this on your Radio Show tomorrow?
Recently, I raised the Aarhus Convention Agreement anomaly with a large number of Oireachtas Members; and, among other things, I pointed out to them that "the State is a juristic person which can be sued for the wrongful acts of its public servants" (Page 9, Sixth Edition, Principles of Irish Law, by barrister Dr. Brian Doolan).
Additional background information on this subject can be found in the e-mail reproduced below.
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From: William Finnerty
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Sent: Saturday, October 30, 2004 5:08 PM
Subject: [Celtic Party] Oireachtas members, Aarhus Convention Agreement, and the EU Constitution
Dear Ann Marie,
The problem with the Aarhus Convention Agreement not being "laid before Dail Eireann" (Article 29, 5, 1 of the Republic of Ireland Constitution) has now been brought to the attention of several Oireachtas members - almost all of them I believe.
The list for Oireachtas members I used, together with Microsoft's MSN message identification, tracking, and delivery time information for the e-mail in question can be seen at either of the Internet addresses provided just below.
The only Oireachtas members' address to fail was the one I used for Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney. According to the information available to me, all the rest of the e-mails to the Oireachtas members listed were satisfactorily delivered. (I am copying this e-mail to the "Progressive Democrats" - so that Mary Harney may perhaps receive the information through her political party.)
As can also be seen at the addresses provided below, I took the opportunity to point out to the Oireachtas members that "the State is a juristic person which can be sued for the wrongful acts of its public servants" (Page 9, Sixth Edition, Principles of Irish Law, by barrister Dr. Brian Doolan).
PS: I do not know how long the information will be at the above addresses for. I would suggest that anybody interested in it should make a printed copy, and/or an electronic copy of one of the Internet pages.
Also, and as I have no reason to believe the "traditional media" will do anything to inform the public in Ireland about the existence of the Aarhus Convention Agreement, to some considerable extent it might be possible to get around their AMAZING censorship barrier on this subject, now in its 7th year, by forwarding this e-mail (or similar e-mails) to others. (PUZZLE >>> Rearrange the following words to form a well know phrase: "agenda" "hidden" ? )
The Three Main Points of the Aarhus Convention Agreement
Above text taken from: http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/aarhus/
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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."
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Text of EU Constitution Draft Treaty:
Text of Environment Section of EU Constitution Draft
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