Sent: Friday, February 15, 2002 12:50 PM
Subject: Some suitable THEMES for the MAY 2002 GENERAL ELECTION ?
A recently received e-mail from The European
Union Environment Commissioner (Ms Margot Wallstrom) has given rise to some
thoughts relating to "elected representatives" - and to
some associated subjects which might usefully be discussed in the run-up to the May 2002 General Election in The Republic of Ireland ??? :
to people (versus ignoring them)", " helping people (versus
hindering them)", "personal responsibility (versus collective
irresponsibility)", healthy attitudes and approaches towards solving
problems (versus unhealthy ones)", "EXCESSIVE self-interest (at both
personal and group level) ",
" Honesty / Openness / Willingness (to try) ", ....
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2002 12:24 PM
Subject: Your letter dated February 8th 2002
I think it was very good of you to personally
confirm that you are aware of the local heritage and environmental problems I have
reported to you.
It seems very healthy to me that you appear
no have no difficulty in openly taking responsibility for the information in question:
some of which is extremely serious (I believe).
I noticed yesterday (for the first time) that
you now have a web site of your own. I think it is very nice (and very useful), and I
have added a link to it from the above mentioned www page.
I PARTICULARLY like the way you
have made your contact information available on your web site. As can be seen
from several of my Internet pages, and for reasons best known to themselves, it
appears (to me) that politicians here in the Republic of Ireland have truly enormous
difficulties LISTENING (in an effective way) to some of the things that
ordinary citizens try to point out to them. This general problem seems to be greatly
compounded by the fact that senior State lawyers appear to have a similar problem.
In circumstances such as these, and at a time when "HEADS IN THE SAND" policies
seem to prevail, I wish you and your work colleagues to know that I get much comfort
from the fact that it is now easy for myself (and others) to contact people in the
kind of very senior, and very responsible, European Union job-position which you
hold: as (and when) the need arises.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity
to point out that local resident Mr. Brendan Kelly informed me yesterday that he has
now received Post Office confirmation of delivery for his petition of
February 1st 2002 to The European Parliament (sent by registered letter): in
connection with the super dump which Celtic Waste plan
to construct in Kilconnell (which is very close to where we both
live). A copy of the text of his petition can now be seen at the following www page
Republic of Ireland.