||William Finnerty <email@example.com>
||Saturday, May 1, 2004 6:17 PM
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||Re: Minutes of Ballinasloe Selection Meeting - Forgive Delay
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Thank you for the Selection
Meeting Minutes (reproduced below).
There is one part of the minutes
below I am not happy about - which is very important to me,
and which I would like to see corrected please.
As I have already pointed out in
an earlier e-mail, it is true to say that I was happy with the
courteous and orderly way you conducted the meeting last
Tuesday. However, it most definitely is not true to say that
I was happy "the proper procedures were being followed" by the
Green Party. Far from it, in fact.
For one thing, I do not really
know what the Green Party procedures are - simply because I
have not found the time to read them.
Far more importantly, and quite
apart from Green Party procedures, I believe the defamatory
e-mail Ciaran MacLochlainn published regarding me on April 5th
last, which he COPIED to several others, was completely in
breach of the "Defamation Act 1961".
The Green Party is not above the
law, and neither is Ciaran McLochlainn: regardless of what
procedures the Green Party may have.
law, libel is a CRIMINAL wrong, and actionable per se (i.e.
without proof of actual damage suffered).
Once my complaint of criminal activity was brought to the
attention of senior members of the Green Party, I believe that
- at the very least - Ciaran McLochlainn should have been
suspended immediately from his position as "Secretary of the
East Galway Green Party": until such time as a full and
proper enquiry into my defamation complaint had been completed
(by the Green Party). Please note that my complaint was
supported by irrefutable evidence (in the form of the actual
e-mail itself, which nobody disputes).
To the very best of my knowledge,
the Green Party has not conducted any such enquiry into the
defamatory e-mail Ciaran McLochlainn published about me on
April 5th. Consequently, it is my view that the "proper
procedures" cannot possibly have been followed by the Green
Party regarding this whole matter.
I would ask all concerned to
please take careful note of the fact that I first reported the
criminal defamation problem to Trevor Sargent (Green Party
Leader) and Mary White (Green Party Deputy Leader) on April
6th 2004 - as can clearly be seen from the copy of the e-mail
(Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 8:28 PM) reproduced at
the following address:
I look forward to hearing from you
again regarding the alteration I have requested to the minutes
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2004 11:33 AM
Subject: Minutes of Ballinasloe Selection Meeting -
Minutes and Record of
Ballinasloe Local Election Area Selection Meeting 27/4/2004
Gullanes Hotel Ballinasloe 21.00
Present: Una Ní
Bhroin, Billy Finnerty, Brendan Kelly, Ciaran MacLochlainn,
and Siobhán Nevin
Chair & Minute Taker:
Donal O'Bearra RDO
authenticated by the initials DOB1 were passed to 5 present
that were on the list of members and a secret voting took
place. The ballot papers were collected and counted on front
of two witnesses Una Ní Bhroin and Brendan Kelly. The postal
ballot were likewise opened and witnessed. The result was
recorded on a spare ballot paper on which the Chairman wrote
Result were as
Do you wish to select William Finnerty as
Green Party Candidate?
Do you wish to re-start the Selection
Do you wish to abandon the Selection Process
without Selecting a Candidate?
Do you wish to defer the decision to a later
date specified by the Selection Meeting?
Decision therefore was that no candidate would be put
forward by the Green Party / Comhaontas Glas in the
Ballinasloe LEA. After the results were made known Brendan
Kelly asked that the following be recorded:
That he was a representative of the following groups: People
against Pesticides, Kilconnell Anti Dump Group, New Inn Anti
Dump Group, Friends of Woodlawn House, Monivea Domain
Preservation Society, Turoe Celtic Society and The Woodland
League. He said in his opinion their views should be taken
into account, that they were the grassroots of the Green
Party and that he spoke for them. He said that those people
that voted for Una Ní Bhroin in the previous general
election would be disenfranchised by not having Billy
Finnerty to vote for.
Billy Finnerty said
that he was happy with the way the Chair conducted the
meeting and that the proper procedures were being followed.
He asked that the Chair record that he was unhappy with the
envelopes and where they came from, that their use was
shoddy and not at all satisfactory in the circumstances
where the group secretary was opposed to his selection. He
also stated that he would probably forget about taking legal
action regarding what he saw as defamation if he was
selected to run as a candidate for the Ballinasloe rural
area. The Chair agreed to record as requested.