"Go here",  "go there",  "go somewhere else" ...

 
 
 
 
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 5:03 PM
 
Subject: European Parliament Petition 809/2001 & Complaints to the Republic of Ireland Ombudsman.

Dear Mr O'Dwyer,

Thank you for your e-mail (reproduced below) which I find encouraging in some respects.

Without wishing to be in any way disrespectful to those involved, the main problem I have with your response is that it does not appear to have yet registered properly with your office that I do not (AT THIS STAGE) have the time, the money, or the inclination, to re-engage in the various courses of action you are suggesting.  Please note that I did try to point this out to Ms.Flynn in my recent e-mail to her (dated June 28th 2002) which can now be viewed at the following www page address:
http://www.finnachta.com/Ombudsman_IRL_.htm

As I see it, the present "hugely comprehensive" situation (as you have described it) with data of mine now on the Internet is a direct result of the way that the requests for help I have sent to various people in the past few years have been handled: which I would describe as extremely poor.  Without exception (to the best of my recollection), I have so far failed to find ANYBODY in authority here in the Republic of Ireland who is willing to take ownership of ANY of the main problems in question: let alone deal with them in any kind of effective way.  It's all "go here", "go there", "go somewhere else"; or, most popular of all (as I have found): do nothing at all, and say nothing at all (in response to the information and requests for help I have sent to the several people involved).

As far as data of mine on the Internet at the present time is concerned, it may help you to know that I first began to grow VERY concerned by the response I got to the set of registered letters I sent on December 29th 2000 to President McAleese, Prime Minister Ahern, and the then Attorney General Mr Michael McDowell.  The letter in question basically concerned the wilful destruction BY GALWAY COUNTY COUNCIL,  by GALWAY COUNTY COUNCIL I repeat, of a local OFFICIALLY REGISTERED heritage site known as Site 93 (which was a Children's Burial Ground). Full details regarding these registered letters (five in all) can be found at the following www page address:
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/chaplefinnerty/letters3/dec-29-00.htm
 
Please note that to date NOTHING - ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (that I know of) - has ever been done about the above matter.  From my viewpoint, it appears that it has been COMPLETELY IGNORED by all concerned; and, I will take this opportunity to point out again, as I have pointed out before, that things are not helped by the fact that a still-born uncle of mine (buried in December 1898, and the twin brother of my father) may well have been one of those interred in Site 93.  Site 93 was within 200 yards or so of his birthplace, and it was the cemetery closest to his family home.
 
Many people now know what happened regarding the wilful destruction of Site 93 by Galway County Council: what I and others would like to know now is WHY it happened; and, WHY senior politicians appear to have made no effort whatsoever to try and find out: despite the fact that they were clearly informed through the registered letters I sent to them on December 29th 2000 ???

If you are really serious about beginning to deal with the growing set of difficulties that has very gradually worked its way over the years into becoming what is now European Parliament Petition 809/2001, I feel it might prove very useful if you could start with the problem outlined in the three paragraphs immediately above.

Provided I can see some tangible signs of meaningful progress regarding the above mentioned Site 93 matter, I will then provide you with more information (not on the Internet at present) on what for me is by far the most serious difficulty of the overall collection of difficulties I am struggling with at the present time: which is the one connected with the wholly flawed (and I believe unlawful) medical treatment being given to close relatives for parental alcoholism - which is referred to in the e-mail text dated June 14th 2002 that can now be seen at www page address:
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/Galway_CC_Jn-14-2002_.htm
 
Please note that the particular set of family problems referred to in the paragraph immediately above has been a MAJOR source of trouble in my life for approximately 52 years now: well over half a century
 
I would like to finish by saying that I have long ago lost count of the number of requests for help I have made over the years to the various medical doctors involved in the treatment of my brother and half-sister.
 
Sincerely,
 
Billy Finnerty
"St Albans"
New Inn
Ballinasloe
County Galway.
 

----- Original Message -----
From: <paddy_o'dwyer@ombudsman.irlgov.ie>
To: <Wfinnerty@eircom.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 11:12 AM
Subject: Complaints to the Ombudsman.

Dear Mr Finnerty,

Ms. Flynn has referred the file on your complaint to me for review.

The data which you have provided is hugely comprehensive - perhaps too much so.
It is difficult to extract the areas in which we can be of assistance to you.
From my reading the areas where the issues could be examined by the Ombudsman
are those relating to alleged discharge of sewage to a local river and the
alleged failure to preserve Woodlawn House and the concerns expressed at the
possible effect of a new roadway designed to pass through areas such as Turoe
and Knocknadala and the possibility of a superdump which will have an adverse
effect on the Turoe Stone. You also complained of the actions of a County
Council official who raised the matter of the necessity for planning permission
for a sign which had been erected on the family business premises.

As I have said it is possible that the Ombudsman can be of assistance to you on
those issues. He would be very willing to do so provided the conditions exist
which would allow him to carry out an examination.

The first requirement for a valid complaint is that the body under complaint has
been advised of the problem and that it has been offered the chance to address
it itself.

I would suggest that you approach the following bodies on the following
subjects. In the interests of clarity and expediency I would suggest that you
deal only with the body in question on each issue and that you do not copy your
correspondence to other bodies not directly involved.

Woodlawn House and the Turoe Stone. These would seem to be matters to be dealt
with by the Office of Public Works (OPW). Since the redrawing of responsibilities
under the new government departments, responsibility for the built heritage has
been removed from the old Department of Arts Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands.
The OPW can be reached at 51/52 St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2.

Sewage Disposal. This is a matter for the local authority. You should bring the
matter to the County Council's attention as soon as possible. You could also
bring the matter to the notice of the Department of the Environment & Natural
Resources at Custom House Dublin 1.

The concerns expressed about the behaviour of the County Council official is a
matter which you should bring to the attention of the County Council at a senior
level as soon as possible.

As I said the Ombudsman will be happy to examine your complaint once those steps
have been taken and where you do not get a satisfactory reply from the bodies
involved.
Yours sincerely,

Paddy O'Dwyer,
Investigator.

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