E-mail to Minister Cullen dated June 25th 2004
(which was copied to President Bush and several others)

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From :  William Finnerty <wfinnerty@eircom.net>
Sent :  Friday, June 25, 2004 10:46 AM
To :  "Martin Cullen T.D. (Republic of Ireland Minister for the Environment and Local Government)" <press-office@environ.irlgov.ie>
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Subject :  National Monument (Amendment) Bill 2004, & The Aarhus Convention Agreement ???

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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.


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