E-mail to Council of Europe
Directorate General of Legal Affairs
(May 9th 2002)

 
Cc: Rosemary Scallon (Member of European Parliament) ; Joe McCartin (Member of European Parliament) ; Pat The Cope Gallagher (Member of European Parliament) ; Police Commissioner Pat Byrne (Chief Officer, Garda Siochana) ; Assistant Police Commissioner (Galway area) ; Galway County Council Manager (Donal O'Donohue) ; Galway County Council Director of Environmental Services (Tom Kavanagh) ; Galway County Council Law Agent (Tom O'Donohue) ; Irish Government Ombudsman ; European Parliament Ombudsman ; European Union Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom ; Margot Wallstrom (European Union Environment Commissioner) ; Mr Helmut Betz (Directorate-general for the European Parliament Presidency) ; William Finnerty (Yahoo) ; William Finnerty (Eircom a/c) ; Liam O'Finnachta (finnachta.com) ; Billy Finnerty (MSN Hotmail)

 

Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 11:11 AM
 

Subject: "Ireland is now regarded as one of the more corrupt European states....."

TO ALL RECIPIENTS:

"Ireland is now regarded as one of the more corrupt European states (and) is believed to have lost substantial foreign investment because of its bad international reputation," said the report published by the British-based Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Despite the contents of the above report, which was sent all around the world early last month by some of the world's leading news agencies (including Reuters and the BBC), the crucially important matter of  "systemic" State corruption is not (as far as I know) being discussed or reported on by the media here in the Republic of Ireland in any significant or meaningful way in the run-up to the General Election on May 17th 2002.

Consequently, and assuming things remain as they are at present throughout this general election campaign (in regard to this HEADS-IN-THE-SAND approach by Republic of Ireland politicians), it now seems to me that the situation regarding State corruption here is likely to become even WORSE after the May 17th 2002 General Election than it is at present.

Further information on the Joseph Rowntree Report, and on the earlier European Union GRECO report on State corruption in the Republic of Ireland can be found at the following www page address:
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/New_Zealand_Herald/Ap-6-2002.htm

An effort was made (by me) last year to draw attention to SOME of the difficulties connected with State corruption here in the Republic of Ireland (as they appear down at grass-root community level) in the form of Petition 809/2001 to the European Parliament.

It would be much appreciated if someone in authority at one of the European Union bodies or institutions could give me a status report (by e-mail to wfinnerty@eircom.net) on the present situation regarding Petition 809/2001.  I have not heard anything for a long time now regarding progress on Petition 809/2001; and, ideally I would like to be fully updated regarding the present progress situation before midnight on Monday May 13th 2002: so that I can (if it seems appropriate to me) pass on all relevant information to the media organisations here in good time for them to get it to voters (should they choose to do so) before polling day on May 17th 2002.

Information on Petition 809/2001 can be found at both of the following two www page addresses:

Page 1 (September 19th 2001 letter to European Parliament):
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/petition.htm

Page 2 (December 21st 2001 letter to European Parliament):
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/SATURNALIA/Dec_21st_2001.htm

A further example of what I see as State corruption here in the Republic of Ireland (not mentioned so far in my Petition 809/2001 correspondence) concerns the matter of a letter sent to the Galway Rural Development Company on November 20th 2001 - which I have never received ANY reply to (from any of the people it was sent to, or copied to). For details, please see www page address:
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/Galway_Rural_Development.htm 

Finally, and with reference to all of the above matters, I would like to point out that - from the very outset of my seeking help from the European Union through Petition 809/2001 - I have been particularly conscious of the following two sections under Article 41 ("Right to good administration") of the CHARTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION:

Item 1:   "Every person has the right to have his or her affairs handled impartially, fairly and within a reasonable time by the institutions and bodies of the Union."

Item 3:   "Every person has the right to have the Community make good any damage caused by the institutions or by its servants in the performance of their duties, in accordance with the general principles common to the laws of Member States."

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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2002 3:39 PM
Subject: EUROPEAN UNION REFERENCE: Petition 809/2001 (submitted by W. Finnerty, East Galway, Republic of Ireland).

 
----- Original Message -----
 
Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2002 12:48 PM
Subject: SUPERDUMPS and the GENERAL ELECTION in the Republic of Ireland (May 17th 2002)


 
A group of people opposed to the plan by Celtic Waste to build a superdump in the Kilconnell area (of East Galway) is holding a public meeting on:

Thursday May 9th 2002 at 8.30 p.m. in Kilconnell Hall. 
 
"WASTE DISPOSAL AND THE IMPACT ON THE PEOPLE OF EAST GALWAY" will be the theme of the meeting.
 
All declared candidates for the May 17th 2002 General Election have been invited to attend.
 
Everybody is welcome.
 
Background information, which includes a scanned copy of a notice on public display for the May 9th 2002 meeting, can be seen at the following www page address:
 

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