Friday, 31 August 2007

EU says action against State over Tara motorway only at first stage

The European Commission has said reports that Ireland faces tens of millions of euro in fines over its plans to build a motorway close to Tara were exaggerated.

A spokeswoman for environment commissioner Stavros Dimas said yesterday the commission had so far only sent a "reasoned opinion" to the Government and there was a long way to go before fines could be imposed on the State.

However, she said it was the commission's view that the Government needed to adjust its national monument law and produce a second impact assessment before any construction work took place on the motorway.

Earlier this year the commission issued a reasoned opinion to the Government asking it to carry out a comprehensive assessment of what impact the road would have on the Tara Skryne Valley before the proposed M3 motorway road is built in the area.

Minister for the Environment John Gormley also played down fears that the Government could be hit with tens of millions of euro in EU fines over the work at Tara.

"I've seen newspaper reports which are just inaccurate . . . what we have is a reasoned opinion . . . people will make a response to that and then make a judgment. It [the EU document] is a 20-page document and there are only five paragraphs dealing with Lismullen," Mr Gormley told Éamon Keane on the Lunchtime show on Newstalk.

A reasoned opinion is the first step in a lengthy EU process. A fine is usually only imposed if a state subsequently loses a case at the European Court of Justice, and then proceeds to ignore the ruling.

Jamie Smyth

© 2007 The Irish Times 30.09.07

1 comment:

robert macdonald said...

Dear Mr Stavros Dimas,

greetings i am robert macdonald,
i am corrosponding in request of an enquiry into the illegal misuse of EU money in Tara M3 motorway construction through ancient heritage site in Ireland.
As well as imposing heavy penalty fines for flouting EU law at Tara M3 construction site, deliberatly desecrating ancient national heritage monuments illegally at night as to escape the cameras and protest witness they also have been and continue to violate national health and safety at work laws and endangering civilian lifes in doing so, all in front of filming legal observers.

we have also legal processes in place to bring about justice for illegal activity recorded thier at Tara.We are monitoring it as legal observers on your(EU) behalf too and any evidence we have you are welcome to summon upon when it comes to court in your legal prioceedings Against Ireland i request you withdraw the grant funding the EU gave Ireland for sustanable transport system which they are using in illegal construction practices.

it would be of intrest to reclaim these funds and put them into a project that upholds the moral responsibility of cooperating with the international regulations of a eu state member upholding legal obligations and has a functioning accountable office.

the money could be withdrawn till and reclaimed back until ireland complys to the EU law it is violating.

It would be good practice for EU to exersise this authority, to set example as a New Superstate to the rest of EU countrys; that EU grant / money given is given, under strict EU monitoring and can be withdrawn if guidelines and legal obligations are vioated in any manner This lessens the ability of corporate Crime and corruption at a political office level,which i think ireland is obviously at!

sustainable transport system to me is electric buses pedestrian and cycle paths and climate change focused fuel soutions, as times need be.

a six lane motorway just doesnt sum up as a good solution for sustainable transport,system in our current political environment charters.

anyhow i ask you withdraw the funds till legal proccesses are complete, so the cant continue to fund any further illegal destruction of thier own heritage.
They desecrated an ancient queen of irelands grave!!! this is almost an act of treason, please take european action and withdraw funding from them till legal agreement is in place between Ireland & EU.over tara heritage issue.

i would apreciate some feedback on this issue as it is close to my heart
yours sincerly
robert macdonald