Welcome for EU Petitions Committee Fact-finding Visit

June 26, 2007 at 3:28 pm | Posted in Statements | 3 Comments

I welcome the fact-finding visit of the EU Petitions Committee to Ireland. Ireland’s record of compliance with EU law, particularly in the area of the environment, has been particularly poor. It is to be hoped that the advent of the Green Party into government will greatly improve that situation. 

The Petitions Committee will hold a public meeting in Galway on Wednesday night. At that meeting I will raise my petition on the Corrib Gas issue and ask the committee to expedite a consideration of the concerns that I have raised regarding the compliance of the project to EU law. These include possible breaches of the Habitats Directive, The Seveso Directive, the Water Framework Directive and Directives in regard to public consultation. 



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  1. i have just read about the predicament of the Rossport five and send my support. Our household is horrified at what Shell is doing to the farmers and to Ireland’s land. Stand tall!!!
    You are setting an example for all indigenous people everywhere.

    Why is it the Irish government cannot stand up for its own people?? :((

    We have just recently heard that the Irish government is taking away the rights of Donegal people (my husband’s family home) to fish salmon from the shores near their land, something they have done for 100s of years. This is so stocks will not become depleted for rich sports fishers. There will be another fight in the courts on this one coming out of Kilcar.

    Bronwyn and James Hegarty from Dunedin, New Zealand.

  2. What is the point of EU legislation to protect special areas when corporate companies shell any concept of saving these special areas of interest?

    Deep Blanket Bog is meant to be protected by the EU but EU citizens are being asked more and more to put their hands in their pocket to pay for legislation which is being ignored by many companies.

    What is the point of asking taxpayers to pay time and time again to fund any organisation that fails to protect?

    The legislation appears to be ineffective, especially if it is not being properly enforced.

    Doesn’t this sort of thing make the whole concept of protecting special areas an absoulte mockery?

  3. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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