Mr. William Finnerty
"St Albans", New Inn
Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
October 11th 2000
Mr. Bertie Ahern T.D. (Prime Minister)
Office of the Taoiseach,
Dear Prime Minister Ahern,
RE: NEW SUPERDUMP, MOTORWAY, AND GAS PIPE LINE (IN EAST GALWAY
For well over a year now, I have tried at various times to draw attention to
the threat that ancient Celtic monuments in our area face from the planned civil
engineering works listed above.
A number of Emails and registered letters have been sent to the
Ministers for Heritage (Ms Sile de Valera T.D., and Mr. Eamon OCuiv T.D.); and, a
set of three registered letters I sent on St Patricks Eve (March 16th) included one
to local Minister Noel Tracy T.D, and one to Duchas (the National Heritage Service).
In so far as I am aware, the correspondence referred to in the paragraph above does not
appear to have produced anything whatsoever in the way of useful practical results for
protecting the local ancient Celtic monuments.
More recently, I have tried to use the Internet to highlight one particular ancient
Celtic monument at Chaplefinnerty (in East Galway). As you can see from the copy of my
enclosed Email dated October 10th to Ms Olivia Mathews at Eircom, there are major problems
at present for people who might wish to view the information on this page of my web site.
It is difficult for me to assess the extent of the difficulty because the Eircom
controlled hit-counter appears to have been turned off.
If you look at my web site you will see that one local ancient monument (at Alloon) has
already been badly damaged during road works carried out by the Galway County Council.
Though I am no expert on these matters, it nevertheless appears (to me) that the physical
damage is probably irreversible. (Please find enclosed a slip of paper containing the
address of my Eircom web site.)
As I believe that local ancient sites such as those at Alloon are of national
importance, I am copying this letter (and enclosures) to President Mary McAleese. (I would
ask you both to note that, in so far as it is possible for me to establish, it seems that
the site at Alloon may have been built well before the Great Pyramids of Egypt.)
It would be much appreciated if you and President McAleese could personally acknowledge
receipt of this letter. As I trust you will both understand, I am very conscious of the
fact that civil servants do not normally have to face the electorate from time to time.
Mr. William Patrick Finnerty.
ENCLOSED: Copy of Email (dated October 10th 2000) to Ms Mathews &
several others at Eircom.
Copy of slip containing my web site address (with Eircom)
COPIES (via registered post) TO: President Mary McAleese
Chief Executive Officer of Eircom