Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2001 2:57 PM
Subject: Petition to European Parliament regarding environmental
issues in east County Galway, Republic of Ireland.
Your reference: Letter 119589
03.09.20001 (from Mr Betz)
PLEASE NOTE THAT LATER TODAY A PRINTED COPY OF THIS
WILL TO BE SENT THROUGH THE REGISTERED POST TO:
Mr. Helmut Betz
Directorate for the Planning of Parliamentary Business
I was very pleased to receive your letter
dated September 3rd 2001.
With reference to Rule 174 of the
European Parliament's Rules of Procedure, the four items of information you
require from me are provided below:
a) NAME: Mr. William Finnerty.
b) OCCUPATION: Electronic System Designer
Quality Assurance Assessor / Investigator.
Republic of Ireland.
d) PERMANENT ADDRESS:
"St Albans", New Inn, Ballinasloe,
Republic of Ireland.
The petition for help which I now wish to make
to the European Parliament relates to the following two local environmental matters:
damage and destruction which ancient Celtic monuments are being subjected to in the east
County Galway area (which is where I now live, and where my permanent address is
located). An example of a monument recently destroyed in New Inn is provided at
As can be seen from looking through certain parts of my web
site, I have now put a very considerable amount of time and effort into working
on the above mentioned difficulties. Unfortunately, my efforts do not appear to have
produced any useful practical results that I know of; and it is for this reason that I now
wish to petition the European Parliament for help regarding these matters. I feel
that I have more-or-less done all that I (as one individual person with just one pair of
hands) can do regarding the several issues in question.
Throughout, I have been mindful of the fact that once ancient monuments are
destroyed, they are destroyed forever; and consequently I felt it was appropriate for
me to take a certain amount of time off work for the purpose of trying to save as
much as I could: in circumstances where time seemed to be fast running out for
several of the old Celtic sites in the east County Galway region.
I have been self-employed for many years, and it is relatively easy for me
to take extra time away from the paid work that I normally do. Unfortunately, as a
self-employed person, my income disappears when I take time off work; and consequently I
have suffered considerable financial losses as a result of all the time I have had to
spend: which has turned out to be far more than I originally anticipated.
Even though my efforts appear to have been unsuccessful so far, I do
nevertheless feel that I should be compensated financially for the loss of earnings
connected with the time I have spent trying to protect the local environment:
particularly when it is the case that I have been doing environmental protection
work which numerous other people are already being paid to do (from taxpayers money); but,
which they are collectively failing to do in certain areas (for reasons best know to
It would be much appreciated if the European Parliament would, in addition
to the main petition matters outlined earlier under 1) and 2), give due consideration to the point made in the paragraph immediately
above regarding my expenses for all of the time I have had to spend so far trying to
protect my own interests (relating to local environment issues): EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE SEVERAL STATUTE LAWS ALREADY
IN PLACE HERE IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS PURPOSE.
I would like to take this opportunity to express the view that the
concept of every European Union citizen being able to petition the European
Parliament seems to me to be an excellent one. However, I am finding that there
are (at present) some ongoing practical difficulties with using this facility, and I have
attempted to outline these at the following page address:
Allowing for the contents of the last sentence above, it would be much
appreciated if you could let me have written acknowledgement of receipt for the printed
version of this electronic letter within the coming 14 days please.
Should you require any additional information from me, please let me know.