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Protected Monuments & Superdump Plans

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Email reminder of November 30th 2000 to Minister Noel Dempsey T.D.

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For those who may experience difficulty reading the scanned version of the Email dated November 30th 2000 immediately below, the text of this letter is given in the section with the green background further down this page.
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Scanned copy of email sent to Minister Noel Dempsey
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From: "William Finnerty" <wfinnerty@eircom.net>

To: "Minister for Local Government & Environment (Mr Noel Dempsey T.D.)" <noelmin@eircom.net>

Cc:
"President Mary McAleese" <webmaster@aras.irlgov.ie>,
"Prime Minister Bertie Ahern" <taoiseach@taoiseach.irlgov.ie>,
"Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney" <info@maryharney.ie>,
"Minister Noel Dempsey" <minister@environ.irlgov.ie>,
"Minister John O'Donoghue" <info@justice.irlgov.ie>,
"Minister Sile de Valera" <webmaster@ealga.irlgov.ie>,
"Minister Micheal Martin" <webmaster@health.irlgov.ie>,
"Minister Joe Walsh" <information@daff.irlgov.ie>,
"Minister Mary O'Rourke" <webmaster@tec.irlgov.ie>,
"Minister Charlie McCreevy" <webmaster@finance.irlgov.ie>,
"Minister Dermot Ahern" <webweaver@welfare.eirmail400.ie>,
"Minister Brian Cowen" <library1@iveagh.irlgov.ie>,
"Minister Michael Woods" <webmaster@educ.irlgov.ie>,
"Minister James McDaid" <web_master@tourism-sport.irlgov.ie>,
"Minister Michael Smith" <defence@iol.ie>,
"Minister Frank Fahey" <press_office@marine.irlgov.ie>

Sent: 30 November 2000 11:11

Subject:
PROTECTED MONUMENTS,  GALWAY / CONNACHT SUPERDUMP PLANS,  & THE WRITTEN CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND.

Dear Minister Dempsey,

I hope to hear from you within the coming 14 days regarding answers to the three questions I raised in paragraph 5 of my letter of October 26th 2000 to Prime Minister Ahern - in connection with the destruction of a local protected monument (referred to as "Site 93"). In a letter to me dated November 2nd 2000, Prime Minister Ahern's Office has indicated that you would be replying to me. (Copies of both these letters can now be seen at the web site address given at the end of this Email.)

The complete destruction of Site 93 in New Inn, and the serious damage caused to the Cairn at Alloon, were both caused by Galway County Council apparently; and such activities seem (to me) to be completely at variance with the principles set out in Item 1 of Article 28a of the Constitution - which states: "The State recognises the role of local government in providing a forum for the democratic representation of local communities, in exercising and performing at local level powers and functions conferred by law and in promoting by its initiatives the interests of such communities."

As I trust you will understand, I find it difficult to believe that Local Government (in the form of Galway County Council) was "performing at local level powers and functions conferred by law" when it destroyed the Children's Burial Ground in New Inn (i.e. Site 93): which was clearly listed as a protected monument - and located just a few yards from the main ridge of the prehistoric Esker Riada roadway.

With reference to Site 93, and to the related activities of Galway County Council, I would also wish to draw your attention to Item 2 of Article 28a of the Constitution which states: "There shall be such directly elected local authorities as may be determined by law and their powers and functions shall, subject to the provisions of this Constitution, be so determined and shall be exercised and performed in accordance with law."

On account of the difficulties expressed above regarding what appears to be a great lack of respect for the Constitution by Galway County Council, I am copying this Email to all 15 members of the present Government; and I am also copying it to President Mary McAleese because, as I understand it, the President is (in effect) the overall guardian of the written Constitution of the Republic of Ireland.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding the above matters.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. William Finnerty.
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Email:  wfinnerty@eircom.net
Web site:  http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/
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Government Ministers of the Republic of Ireland (15 in total)

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in whole or in part without the written consent of
Mr W. P. Finnerty (contact information provided below).

It is of course entirely permissible for members of the media
(or anybody else) to print the address of this web site,
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(should they wish to do so).

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First available to public: December 5th 2000
Notes added to page: NOTE 1 (December 6th 2000).
NOTE 2 (December 14th 2000).
Dec 22nd 2000 (translation section added).
NOTE 3 (January 3rd 2001).
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Note 1 - added on December 06th 2000.
(Other notes: 1 2 3 )

The following list is of the people who have to date acknowledged receipt of the above Email of November 30th 2000:

  1. November 30th: Mr John Higgins of the Progressive Democrats (which  Deputy Prime Minister Ms Mary Harney T.D. is a member of).

  2. December 4th: Ms Fiona Kelleher at the Office of Mr Brian Cowen T.D. (Minister for Foreign Affairs).

  3. December 5th: Mrs Mary O'Rourke T.D. (Minister for Public Enterprise).

The above acknowledgements are much appreciated.


The following two addresses failed to accept delivery of the above Email on November 30th 2000:

  1. info@justice.irlgov.ie
    Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform (Mr. John O'Donoghue, T.D.)

  2. webweaver@welfare.eirmail400.ie
    Minister for Social, Community & Family Affairs (Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D.)


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Note 2 - added on December 14th 2000.
(Other notes: 1 2 3)

An acknowledgement of receipt has been received from Mr David Spratt on behalf of the Minister for Tourism, Sport & Recreation Dr. James McDaid T.D.

The above acknowledgement is much appreciated.


Attempts were made on December 8th to re-send to the following two addresses which failed to accept delivery of the above Email on November 30th 2000:

  1. info@justice.irlgov.ie
    Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform (Mr. John O'Donoghue, T.D.)

  2. webweaver@welfare.eirmail400.ie
    Minister for Social, Community & Family Affairs (Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D.)

The attempts at re-sending also failed, and the problems were reported to the webmaster at taoiseach@taoiseach.irlgov.ie   - also on December 8th. To date, we have not received any response from the webmaster.


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Note 3 - added on January 3rd 2001.
(Other notes: 1 2 3)


A letter (dated December 29th 2000) has been sent to President Mary McAleese regarding superdump.


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