Is there anything can be done?

     
 
 
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2003 9:52 AM
Subject: [Tara/Skreen] Is there anything can be done? (Reply to query from Tara / Skreen Group member)
 
To Brian:
 
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EU citizens, plus certain other categories of people, can now petition the European Parliament DIRECTLY  regarding environmental issues - including those relating to archaeological heritage: e.g. the problems and concerns connected with the planned motorway at present scheduled to run right through the middle of the Tara / Skreen Valley.
 
The necessary information for petitioning the European Parliament directly can be found at:
http://www.europarl.eu.int/petition/help_en.htm
 
It is also possible now to  DIRECTLY contact EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom.  All of her contact information appears on her EU web site at page address:
 
Unlike just about  EVERYBODY  else, and at a time when it appears to be the case that Irish politicians will not (or cannot?) listen properly to those who put them into power, it may be useful to know that Commissioner Wallstrom has all the necessary legal powers to take ANY Member State (including the Republic of Ireland) before the European Court of Justice in connection with matters relating to archaeological heritage:
"Article 226 of the Treaty gives the Commission powers to take legal action against a Member State that is not respecting its obligations." 
For further information, please see:
 
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EU Directive 97/11/EC  

ANNEX IV (Item 3):  "A description of the aspects of the environment likely to be significantly affected by the proposed project, including, in particular, POPULATION, fauna, flora, soil, water, air, climatic factors, material assets, including the architectural and  ARCHAEOLOGICAL  HERITAGE,  landscape and the inter-relationship between the above factors."

To see the full text of EU Directive 97/11/EC please go to:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/eia/full-legal-text/9711.htm

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http://www.finnachta.com/CorruptionInvestigationRequest.htm

 
     
     
 

  EU Directive 97/11/EC:

 http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/eia/full-legal-text/9711.htm

Please Note: Point 3, in Annex IV seems particularly important:

  "A description of the aspects of the environment likely to be significantly affected by the proposed project, including, in particular, population, fauna, flora, soil, water, air, climatic factors, material assets, including the architectural and archaeological heritage, landscape and the inter-relationship between the above factors."

 
     
     
 

  Environmental Assessment 

"Environmental assessment is a procedure that ensures that the environmental implications of decisions are taken into account before the decisions are made."

http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/eia/home.htm

 
     
     
 

  Information on petitioning the European Parliament 

 
     
 

Direct link to EU web site:
http://www.europarl.eu.int/petition/help_en.htm

  Procedure for submitting a petition to the European Parliament 

 
     
     
 

  Sample of petition sent to the European Parliament on September 22nd 2003

 
     
 

The petition at the address below concerns the plan to put the new N6 Galway/Dublin Upgrade Road right through the middle of the Celtic "Iron Age" oppidium centred around Turoe & Knocknadala: which is thought to be the first to date to be identified in Ireland, and possibly the largest (by far) of all the 40 or so Celtic oppida yet found outside Ireland - in places like England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and Hungry.

http://www.finnachta.com/EuropeanParliamentPetition.htm

 
     
     
 

  The European Valetta Convention 

 
     
 

The Republic of Ireland ratified the European Valetta Convention  (European Treaty Series 143) on the Protection of Archaeological Heritage in 1997. Article 5, ii), b) seems particularly relevant to development projects such as roads: "the allocation of sufficient time and resources for an appropriate scientific study to be made of the site and for its findings to be published".

http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/publications/urbanarch/appe.html

 
     
     
 

  Agenda 21 (United Nations) 

 
     
 

General information:
http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/documents/agenda21/index.htm


"Introducing the Aarhus Convention"
 (from the United Nations):

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"It links environmental rights and human rights."
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"It establishes that sustainable development can be achieved only through the involvement of all stakeholders."
 
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"It links government accountability and environmental protection."
 
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"It acknowledges that we owe an obligation to future generations."
 
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"The subject of the Aarhus Convention goes to the heart of the relationship between people and governments."


http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=United+Nations+Introducing+Aarhus+Convention+&btnG=Google+Search


 
     
 
     
 

  "Telling it like it is"  

 
     
 

This publication reviews progress in the Republic of Ireland during the first 10 years following the 1992 Rio Earth Summit Conference. Through the use of 34 stories it strongly suggests (on page 8) that: "In spite of millions of Euros in spending and international co-operation of a degree and depth never before seen, the agreements of Rio 92 have not translated into on-the-ground changes".

http://www.finnachta.com/TuroeKnocknadalaPetition/index.html#pdf

 
     

"Anyone can become angry - that is easy.  But, to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way: this is not easy."   Aristotle (384 - 322 B.C.).  Quote from: "Nicomachean Ethics".

Aristotle  |  Nicomachean Ethics (350 B.C.)  |

 

CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION:

Extract from Preamble:

     
    "Conscious of its spiritual and moral heritage, the Union is founded on the indivisible, universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity; it is based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law. It places the individual at the heart of its activities, by establishing the citizenship of the Union and by creating an area of freedom, security and justice."  
     

Full Text:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/justice_home/unit/charte/index_en.html


CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS:

http://conventions.coe.int/treaty/en/Treaties/Html/005.htm


     
 

  "Confucius say (on world order) ... "

 
     
 
  • "To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order;
  •   To put the nation in order, we must put the family in order;
  •   To put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life;
  •   And to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right."

   Confucius  
  
(551-479 B.C.)  

  Confucius on: 
 |  War  |  Politicians  |  Problem Solving  |  Good Citizenship  | 

http://www.google.com/search?q=Confucius&btnG=Google+Search

 
     
Translations:
 

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  From us alone, they say, come all their miseries, yes,
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