The text of an Email dated April 20th 2001 to Minister Noel Dempsey at The Department of Environment and Local Government is reproduced below.

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From: William Finnerty
To: Minister Noel Dempsey
Cc: Minister Micheal Martin ; Minister John O'Donoghue ; Attorney General (Mr Michael McDowell) ; Prime Minister Bertie Ahern ; Mr Tom Kavanagh (Galway County Council Director of Environmental & Conservation Services) ; President Mary McAleese ; Minister Michael Woods ; Senator Margaret Cox ; MEP (Mrs Rosemarie Scallon) ; Minister James McDaid ; Minister Frank Fahey
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2001 2:02 PM
Subject: Environmental problem (in New Inn village, County Galway).

Dear Minister Dempsey,

Thank you for the Email (dated April 17th 2001) which I have recently received from your Office in connection with the sewage discharge problems in the village of New Inn (County Galway).
In the meantime, and for the purpose of trying to help you visualize the difficulties in question, I have put some photographs onto the semi-private page at the www address immediately below:

My hope is that the photographs (and supporting text) at the www page address given above will help you and your colleagues to better understand the nature of the overall sewage discharge problem in the small village community where I live; and that you will do all you reasonably can to have things fully corrected before the warm days of summer return. As I trust you will understand, warm weather tends to accentuate the difficulties: especially those connected with air pollution.

I am copying this Email to a selection of other people because (as I see it) the ongoing sewage disposal problems in question have important implications for both Local and Central Government; and also for The President (by virtue of the contents of the Constitution). With regard to the President's role as overall guardian of the Constitution, I am thinking particularly of section 8 in Article 12 (reproduced in the paragraph below):

The President shall enter upon his/her office by taking and subscribing publicly, in the presence of members of both Houses of the Oireachtas, of Judges of the Supreme Court and of the High Court, and other public personages, the following declaration:
"In the presence of Almighty God I do solemnly and sincerely promise and declare that I will maintain the Constitution of Ireland and uphold its laws, that I will fulfil my duties faithfully and conscientiously in accordance with the Constitution and the law, and that I will dedicate my abilities to the service and welfare of the people of Ireland. May God direct and sustain me."

According to the legal advice I have received (from local solicitor Mr. Florence MacCarthy), and as I have already stated in earlier correspondence, the type of sewage discharges I am writing to you about are in breach of several Irish and European pollution laws - including the following three: (a) The Air Pollution Act of 1987; (b) The Local Government Water Pollution Act of 1997; and (c) The EEC Environmental Act of 1992. (Please see note added on May 29th 2001 below.)

To cover for the possibility of email delivery problems, I intend to send you a printed copy of this Email through the registered post later today.

Yours sincerely,

Web site:

The information connected with the three laws referred in the above e-mail was taken from a message left on a telephone answering machine on September 23rd 1999. A recheck of the recording (carried out on May 29th 2001) indicates that the titles given for laws marked (b) and (c) above contain errors (which are not the fault of Mr. MacCarthy, or of anybody connected with his law firm). Identical errors appear in the e-mail of April 12th 2001 to Mr. Tom Kavanagh at Galway County Council.

The  CORRECT  titles for the above mentioned three laws are:

(a) Air Pollution Act of 1987
(b) Local Government (Water Pollution) Act of 1977    (See also 1990 Amendment)
(c) Environmental Protection Agency Act of 1992


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Copies of the above Email of April 20th 2001 to Minister Dempsey were sent to:
Republic of Ireland Opposition Parties, and to members of the Irish Media
on April 27th 2001. (Details can be seen below.)

----- Original Message -----
From: William Finnerty
To: TV3 ; Tuam Herald ; TG4 (Newsdesk) ; Sunday Business Post ; RTE (Irish National TV Station) ; Irish Times ; Irish Independent Newspaper Group (Unison) ; Irish Examiner Newspaper ; Ireland On Sunday ; Galway Advertiser Editor (Mr Ronnie O'Gorman) ; Connacht Tribune Editor (Mr John Cunningham) ; Irish Emigrant Newspaper
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2001 1:29 PM
Subject: Fw: Environment Matters (copies to Irish Media)

----- Original Message -----
From: William Finnerty
To: Labour Party ; Fine Gael ; Sinn Fein ; Green Party ; Democratic Left
Cc: Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2001 12:32 PM
Subject: Environment Matters (copies to Opposition Parties)

----- Original Message -----
From: William Finnerty
To: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2001 1:18 PM
Subject: Copies to Independent T.D.s (Members of The Republic of Ireland Parliament)

----- Original Message -----
From: William Finnerty

Web pages:  East Galway (4 TDs)   &  West Galway (5 TDs)

Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2001 12:46 PM
Subject: Environment & Heritage Matters - copies to the nine County Galway TDs (Members of Parliament)

----- Original Message -----
From: William Finnerty
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2001 12:10 PM
Subject: Fw: Environmental problem (in New Inn village, County Galway).

   Web page: Environment Protection Agency

........... remainder of Email as above ...............



Minister Dempsey replied to the above Email on May 14th 2001, and in response a further Email was sent to him dated May 15th 2001.



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