Lawyers informed regarding violation of Constitution

List of lawyers informed

Update (relating to Minister Martin Cullen's response)

The basic problem

Complaint about media



From1: "William Finnerty" <>
To: "Vincent Salafia" <>
Cc: "Rosaleen Allen" <>; "Julitta Clancy" <>; "Dr. M. Ni Bhrolochain" <>
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 8:25 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: [annmariekelly] Government violating the Constitution?

Dear Vincent,

I do not follow the argument you have set out below at all.

If, as appears to me to be the case, our Government is violating the Constitution in a way which can easily be shown and communicated to others (i.e. regarding the Aarhus Agreement Convention), then it seems to me that the more people who get to know about this, the more likely it is that meaningful corrective action will be taken regarding this EXTREMELY serious matter; and, if that were to happen, the better it would be for all those who are trying to protect our environment (including our heritage sites).
In circumstances where the "traditional media" are COMPLETELY (and irresponsibly in my view) censoring very important information of the kind referred to in the paragraph above, I try to use the Internet as much as I reasonably can to try and get around this communication's blockage.

It's as simple as that - from my viewpoint.

Best wishes,



 ----- Original Message -----
From2: "Vincent Salafia" <>
To: "William Finnerty" <>
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 6:22 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: [annmariekelly] Government violating the Constitution?

Dear Will,

You do not have permission to use our taraskreen link in the manner in which you do, which suggests that you are somehow responsible for, or a representative of, the Save Tara Skryne Valley Group.  This is not the case, so if you want third parties to view your materials please ask them to visit your own web site, not ours.  If this happens again I will request that you are removed from the mailing list.


Vincent Salafia

 --- William Finnerty <> wrote:

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Friday, July 09, 2004 1:32 PM
Subject: Fw: [annmariekelly] Government violating the Constitution?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 09, 2004 11:34 AM      Update
Subject: [annmariekelly] Government violating the Constitution?
14 days later, and no reply of any kind has been received so far from Minister Martin Cullen T.D. in connection with the issue raised in the e-mail below to him dated June 25th 2004 (regarding Article 29, Section 5, Point 1 of the Republic of Ireland Constitution).  
Members of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament), and the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ireland (Mr. Ronan Keane), have been informed about the situation - please see:
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, June 25, 2004 11:46 AM       BasicProblem
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: ).
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: )
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:
Yours sincerely,
Mr William Finnerty.

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Bunreacht na hÉireann

Constitution of Ireland:

People who are 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".)

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Primary Law of the Republic of Ireland:


Houses of the Oireachtas (Legislature) Debates

National Monuments (Amendment) Bill 2004


Oireachtas members informed regarding possible violation of Constitution


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

  Contacting the President (Mrs Mary McAleese):



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