Email to Senator Jim Higgins MEP dated
December 1st 2004
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I feel very grateful to you for querying the Taoiseach regarding the Article 29,5,1 situation connected with the Aarhus Convention Agreement.
You may find it useful to know that a number of people (who are not politicians) have contacted me to say they find this whole business almost impossible to believe.
I know exactly how they feel: because that is how I felt myself when I first learned of the situation. Nobody that I know seems to be able to make sense of it.
I am copying this e-mail to a number of groups because I believe there are a lot of people out there who will be VERY relieved to learn of the action you have taken regarding this extremely important matter (as related in the copy of your e-mail reproduced below).
I look forward to hearing from you again later on, after you have received a reply from the Taoiseach.
I have your recent query regarding the Aarhus Convention. I have contacted the
Taoiseach Mr. Bertie Ahern querying the reason that the Aarhus Convention
Agreement has not been laid before Dail Eireann in compliance of Article 29.5.1
of the constitution.
I will be in touch with you as soon as I receive a reply from the Taoiseach.
Senator Jim Higgins MEP
The ┼rhus 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):
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