Email dated November 13th 2004 to Turoe / Tara Groups Members

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From: "William Finnerty" <>
To: "Fr Tom O'Connor (Author: Turoe & Athenry: Ancient Capitals of Celtic Ireland)" <>, "Dr. Kieran Jordan" <>, "Dan Hassett" <>, "Dr. J. Zion" <>, "Vincent Salafia (Lawyer, Tara/Skreen Group)" <>, "Dr. M. Ni Bhrolochain" <>, "Fhiona macGhilleruadh" <>, "Fr. Sean McDonagh" <>, "Ciaran Mc Lochlainn (Secretary, East Galway Green Party)" <>, "Greene Family (Ballinasloe)" <>, "Ian & Kaye" <>, "James Cloherty" <>, "Joe & Rita Brett" <>, "John Porter" <>, "Julitta Clancy" <>, "Kelly Family (Woodlawn)" <>, "Kevin McDonald" <>, "Larry Kilcommons" <>, "Mary Corcoran" <>, "Mary Joe O'Dea" <>, "Michael Healy" <>, "Mulryan Family" <>, "Phoenix Wren" <>, "Robert Law" <>, "Rosaleen Allen" <>, "Teresa Clay" <>, "Tom Hanniffy" <>, "Tom Varley" <>, "Ann Marie Kelly (Yahoo)" <>, "Sean Walsh" <>, "Sean O'Rourke" <>, "Sean Noone" <>, "Tara / Skreen Group" <>, "Ciaran Hughes (NUIG)" <>, "Mary Duffy" <>, "Francis and Joy Donohue" <>, "Richard Finnerty" <>, "Oliver John Muldoon" <>
CC: "National Roads Authority Headquartes" <>, "Enda Cannon (Senior Staff Officer, National Roads Authority, Galway County Council)" <>, "An Bord Pleanala" <>, "Environment Protection Agency" <>, "Heritage Council" <>, "An Taisce" <>, "VOICE of Irish Concern for the Environment" <>, "Friends Of The Irish Environment" <>, "The Democracy Commission (Ireland)" <>, "Margot Wallstrom (Vice President of EU Commission)" <>, "Stavros Dimas (EU Commissioner for Environment & Social Affairs)" <>, "Jose Manuel Barroso (President of EU Commission)" <>, "Kofi Annan (Secretary-General of the United Nations)" <>
Subject: Fw: Question to be asked in Dail Eireann ( RE: AARHUS CONVENTION AGREEMENT )
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2004 13:43:40 -0000

The Aarhus Convention Agreement QUESTION to be asked in Dáil Éireann by the Green Party Justice Spokesperson Deputy Ciarán Cuffe TD may help to protect important heritage sites in the Turoe (County Galway), and Tara (County Meath) areas.
Further information can be found in the e-mail copied below.
For future reference purposes a copy of this e-mail will later be placed at the following address:

Dear Ciaran,

I'm very pleased to learn that you will be asking a question in the Dáil as to why (after over 6 years) the international Aarhus Convention Agreement has not yet been "laid before Dail Eireann" - as required under Article 29, 5,1 of the Republic of Ireland Constitution.

As I regard the Aarhus Convention Agreement to be the MOST important international agreement the Republic of Ireland has ever signed to date, in terms of "the common-good" it could do if was ratified, implemented, policed, and maintained, I hope you will ask this question in the Dail at your EARLIEST convenience please; and, that you not be delayed by the power-mad and the money-mad: who appear to me to be so desperately, so selfishly, and so greedily, trying so hard to actively deceive the people of the Republic of Ireland regarding the presence of this extremely important agreement.

The more I learn about the workings of the present Government, the more the following "political" rule-of-thumb comes into my mind: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely".
Unfortunately, the current political problems connected with this rule-of-thumb do not by any means appear to me to be restricted to Government Ministers.  Why is it, for example, that apart from yourself and a few others, all of the remaining Oireachtas Members - particularly the members of the larger so-called "opposition parties" - appear to be doing nothing whatsoever to prevent the written Constitution of this State from being violated?
The extremely important tripartite separation of powers embedded in the Constitution of the Republic has all but completely vanished now - so that all of the Government Ministers, virtually all of the Oireachtas (including President Mary McAleese), and almost all members of the Legal Profession are - for all practical purposes - now acting as one entirely like-minded cloned group.  This situation explains why I and the other members of my local community continue to be relentlessly BULLIED (despite several years of valid objections) into accepting plans for TWO huge superdumps to be located within a few miles of each other (in Kilconnell & New Inn), and a new toll road to feed the New Inn superdump (the N6 Upgrade) which is scheduled to go right through the heart of what may well be the largest, the most important, and the most successful military defence system ever constructed by the Iron Age Celtic peoples of Europe (circa 500 BC to 500 AD): which is centred around the Turoe Stone, the best known and the most important piece of Celtic stone-art in the world.  
The socially outrageous set of problems outlined in the paragraph immediately above is exactly the type of TYRANNY that the "separation of powers" principle embedded in the Republic of Ireland Constitution is meant to prevent.
For future reference purposes, it is my intention to later place a copy of this e-mail at the following Internet address:
I look forward to hearing from you again; and, I will be  PARTICULARLY  INTERESTED  to see if any mention of your Dail Question regarding the Aarhus Convention Agreement appears in the MEDIA: which, whether by choice or through intimidation, appears to me to be doing everything it possibly can to protect the best interests of the power-mad and the money-mad.
Yours sincerely,
William Finnerty.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ciarán Cuffe" <>
To: "'William Finnerty'" <>
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 3:44 PM
Subject: RE: OIREACHTAS MEMBERS COPY > Everything you need to know > Aarhus
Convention Agreement Update


I'll ask this as a Dáil question and shall let you know the reply ...

Ciarán Cuffe TD
Dún Laoghaire Green Party
Dáil Éireann, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
W 01 618 3082
F 01 618 4341


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The Århus Convention Agreement
 (3 Main Points)

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”).

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"The NDP is the largest and most ambitious investment plan ever drawn up for Ireland. It involves an investment of over  EUR 52 billion  of Public, 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."

The above quote was taken from on October 23rd 2004.



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