"Hill of Tara" e-mails to European Union Presidents, MEPs,
Media, and NGOs (dated May 18th 2005).
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William Finnerty <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 13:56:39 +0100 (BST)
Dear News Editor,
With regard to the Tara / M3 Motorway controversy, might it help I wonder if Republic of Ireland NGOs applied some pressure to our government, hopefully with the support of our media, to have the international Aarhus Convention Agreement "laid before Dail Eireann" (as required under the terms of Article 29.5.1 of Bunreacht na hEireann)?
And, were such an effort to succeed, so that the Aarhus Convention Agreement became a core part of Republic of Ireland environmental law, might not 90% or more of ALL our environment problems be solved in one fell-swoop?
Would such a result not be likely in turn to also have very favourable consequences for the promotion of the "common good" referred to in the preamble of our Constitution?
The three main provisions of the Aarhus Convention Agreement, signed by the Republic of Ireland on June 25th 1998, are listed below.
GENERAL: 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:
1) The right of everyone to receive environmental information that is held by public authorities (“access to environmental information”). This can include information on the state of the environment, but also on policies or measures taken, or on the state of human health and safety where this can be affected by the state of the environment. Citizens are entitled to obtain this information within one month of the request and without having to say why they require it. In addition, public authorities are obliged, under the Convention, to actively disseminate environmental information in their possession;
2) The right to participate from an early stage in environmental decision-making. Arrangements are to be made by public authorities to enable citizens and environmental organisations to comment on, for example, proposals for projects affecting the environment, or plans and programmes relating to the environment, these comments to be taken into due account in decision-making, and information to be provided on the final decisions and the reasons for it (“public participation in environmental decision-making”);
3) The right to challenge, in a court of law, public decisions that have been made without respecting the two aforementioned rights or environmental law in general (“access to justice”).
The text used to describe the above three points has been taken from: http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/aarhus/
Further information on Bunreacht na hEireann (meaning "Fundamental Law of Ireland" in the Celtic language) can be found at:
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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ratified the Aarhus Convention Agreement on February 23rd 2005.
The United Nations list of European countries who have now ratified the Aarhus Convention Agreement, numbering thirty-five at the present time, can be seen at:
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|Tara is also know by other words of Celtic origin which include "Teamair", "Teamhair", and "Teamhrach", as in "Feis-Teamhrach" (The Festival of Tara). The main purpose of this triennial assembly, which was brought into existence by King Ollamh Fodhla, and held on the Hill of Tara, was to make new laws and update old ones (see Brehon Law). Feasting was another important feature of Feis-Teamhrach. King Ollamh Fodhla was known as "The Great Law-Giver", and according to The Annals of the Four Masters, he reigned over Ireland between 1317-1277 BC. He is believed to have been buried in Cairn T which is located among the large set of cairns in the Loughcrew area of County Meath. Cairn T is approximately 25 miles to the north-west of the Hill of Tara, and a few miles to the south of the town of Oldcastle.|
The Århus Convention
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: http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/aarhus/
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