Possible violation of Constitution?
 (Regarding Aarhus Convention Agreement)

The problem?

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Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 2:18 PM
Subject: Oireachtas debates on the National Monuments (Amendment) Bill 2004
A copy of the e-mail reproduced below to Heritage Minister Marin Cullen TD (dated June 25th 2004) can now also be viewed at the following Internet address:
As can be seen, it was copied to President Bush - a few hours before he left the United States for the US-EU summit in County Clare last Friday.
The reply from the Whitehouse can also be seen at the above Internet page address.
So far, no reply at all (of any kind) has been received from Minister Cullen TD.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, June 25, 2004 11:46 AM
Subject: National Monument (Amendment) Bill 2004, & The Aarhus Convention Agreement ???
Dear Minister Cullen,
There seems to me to be a major conflict between some of the things you are proposing in the National Monument (Amendment) Bill 2004, and the principles set out in the Aarhus Convention Agreement which Ireland signed on June 25th 1998 (as can be seen at the following United Nations Internet page address: http://www.unece.org/env/pp/ctreaty.htm ).
Though extremely few people in Ireland seem to know anything whatsoever about the Aarhus Convention Agreement (at the present time), it appears to me that they should know - on account of the requirement in our Constitution (Republic of Ireland) which states: "Every international agreement to which the State becomes a party shall be laid before Dail Eireann" (Article 29, Section 5, Point 1).   
In so far as I can establish, and please correct me if I am wrong, the Aarhus Convention Agreement has never been laid before Dail Eireann (the Republic of Ireland Parliament)?  
For those who are unfamiliar with the subject, the following page address contains some of the very basic information on the Aarhus Convention Agreement:
Please note that the page address immediately above also contains links to several European Union and United Nations web site addresses which provide in-depth information on the Aarhus Convention Agreement.  Under the heading "Member States", for example, a small part of the European Union web site information I refer to clearly states: " In particular, two directives concerning access to environmental information and public participation in environmental decision-making (“first” and “second pillar” of the Århus Convention) have been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council earlier in 2003. They have to be implemented in national law by 2005."  (For the full context of this quote please go to Internet page address: http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/aarhus/ )
I look forward to hearing from you regarding the question relating to the Dail Eireann matter which I have raised in paragraph 3 above.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to point out to all concerned that I run some Internet web sites which contain information on a number of ancient heritage sites here in Ireland, and that for some time now I have been receiving e-mails from people living overseas who are growing more and more concerned (and angry) regarding the way so many very important ancient heritage sites here in the Republic of Ireland are being completely destroyed - the most recent just a few days ago in County Kerry apparently.  To see an example of one such e-mail letter, which I received just a few days ago, please go to the following Internet address: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taraskreen/message/1068
Yours sincerely,
Mr William Finnerty.
For future reference purposes, this e-mail will later be copied to the following Internet address:

As nine of the Oireachtas Members' addresses in the e-mail above (Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 2:18 PM) were accidentally corrupted at the time of sending, a second e-mail was sent to the nine people concerned later in the day; and, it was also copied to Chief Justice Mr. Ronan Keane - as can be seen in the section immediately below:

Nine of the Oireachtas Members' e-mail addresses used in the e-mail reproduced further down (Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 2:18 PM) were accidentally corrupted; and consequently it could not be delivered to the people concerned at the time.
The nine Members in question can now find copies of the original e-mail below.
As an afterthought, and as the tripartite "separation of powers" which (according to the Constitution) is supposed to exist between the Oireachtas, the Government, and the Judiciary, appears to me to be virtually non-existent in recent years, I am also copying this e-mail to Chief Justice Keane.
----- Original Message -----
To: Bertie.Ahern@oireachtas.ie ; Frank.Fahey@oireachtas.ie ;

                   etc., etc., >>> remainder of e-mail exactly as shown above

Bunreacht na hÉireann

Constitution of Ireland:

Those unfamiliar with Celtic languages may be interested to know that the above word "Bunreacht" is a composite of the two Celtic words "bun" and "reacht": meaning "primary" and "law" respectively.  The Celtic words "na hÉireann" simply mean "of Ireland".

Google Listings on the
Primary Law of the Republic of Ireland:



Houses of the Oireachtas (Legislature) Debates

National Monuments (Amendment) Bill 2004



Government in the Republic of Ireland:

 Dealing with problems relating to unconstitutional legislation


Newspaper report (dated June 21st 2004) on destruction of important County Kerry heritage site (Dun Mor Fort) referred to above in e-mail to Minister Cullen TD:


 "Heritage experts today condemned the destruction of part of a 3,000-year-old Celtic fort in Co Kerry."  For more, please click on link immediately above.  

For additional information on Dun Mor Fort (Kerry) please see:

  "The 80 acre Dun More fort overlooks the Blasket Islands and the Skelligs (Map of Dingle area in County Kerry). The Ogham stone which was removed contained an inscription to Dhuibne (or Duibne), a deity of the Corca Dhuibne tribe which lived in the area from around 1,000 BC to 600 AD."  (UTV Report)  

National Monuments (Amendment) Bill 2004
Detailed Information & Debate


Background information on local environmental problems in the New Inn
and Kilconnell areas of County Galway can be found
 at any of the 4 sites listed below:






Aarhus Convention Agreement
Basic Information




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