"Agencies of the State got involved on the side of the developer, rather than on the side of the community. Given that alternative models were available in other countries, it was scandalous that we proceeded as we did. It reveals the mindset of certain people. I am reminded of the woman who was sent to jail in New York, who said that taxes are for small people. In this case, it seems that planning is not for big people…….
I refer again to the notion that some projects are too big for public accountability and transparency in planning. I am not making accusations that I cannot support."
Submitted opinion... by email@example.com To honest copby W. Finnerty. Mon Oct 23, 2006 09:07 Dear Honest Cop,I wonder if you have ever considered the fact that the Republic of Ireland Government is breaking the law in really major ways regarding a whole string of environmental issues, and that it has been doing so for several years now - and all with the tacit approval and support of the legal profession?For example, the Republic of Ireland signed the United Nation Aarhus Convention Agreement in 1998, and has been COMPLETELY, and unlawfully, ignoring it ever since.The following piece of text is from the United Nations web site, and I wonder how you think it fits in with events over the past several years relating to Shell issues in the Rossport area? And, you might also ask yourself where are the lawyers who could be using the kind of information quoted below to help the people of Rossport to defend themselves - in the courts of law and elsewhere?"The Aarhus Convention is a new kind of environmental agreement. It links environmental rights and human rights. It acknowledges that we owe an obligation to future generations. It establishes that sustainable development can be achieved only through the involvement of all stakeholders. It links government accountability and environmental protection. It focuses on interactions between the public and public authorities in a democratic context and it is forging a new process for public participation in the negotiation and implementation of international agreements." (As you see for yourself, this piece of text has been taken from the following United Nations Internet location: http://www.unece.org/env/pp/ )Please note also that it is not a question of the politicians, lawyers, and senior members of the Garda Siochana not knowing about the lawless and bizarre activities Republic of Ireland public officials and bodies are indulging themselves in (relating to the Aarhus Convention Agreement), because they have been reminded and asked questions about it on a number of occasions by myself. One (of many) examples of my efforts - over a period of several years - can be found at the following address:http://www.finnachta.com/Hotmail24Oct2004/Euro52billion.htm You may wish to take particular note of the fact that among those listed at the above address is Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy (Chief Commissioner of Police, Republic of Ireland) - who I understand actually comes from County Mayo.More general information on the Aarhus Convention Agreement can be found at:http://www.finnachta.com/TheAarhusConvention.htm William Finnerty.Related Link: http://www.europeancourtofhumanrightswilliamfinnerty.com/