WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SIGNING AND RATIFYING A CONVENTION?
If a state (country) has signed a convention or treaty, it has declared that
it agrees with the principles included in the convention or treaty and that
it will not do anything to undermine it.
If a state (country) has ratified a convention or treaty, it has also agreed
to be legally bound by that convention. From then on it is known as "a state
party to that convention".
With the United Nations international Aarhus
Convention Agreement in mind, which the Republic of Ireland
SIGNED on 25 June 1998, but never ratified (see
http://www.unece.org/env/pp/ctreaty.htm for details), where does all
this leave the Republic of Ireland Government in regard to the
National Toll Roads / Greenstar SuperDump at Kilconnell
(in County Galway)? - and a whole string of other environmental issues
including, for example, alterations (i.e. "Amendments") made to the
Waste Management Act and the National Monuments Act
since June 25th 1998 ?
Background information on the planning permission basics for the Kilconnell
rubbish dump, which not only undermined the international Aarhus Convention
Agreement, but made smithereens out of it as well, thanks to all the
extremely tight cooperation between Local and Central Government,
National Toll Roads, the Legal Profession,
the so called "Opposition Parties", and the "Traditional
Media", have been outlined at the following address:
It's small wonder that so many are doing so much for so long to keep the
general public in the dark regarding Ireland's signing of the Aarhus
Convention Agreement in 1998? - which, amazingly, has still to "be laid
before Dail Eireann" - as required by Article
29.5.1 of Bunreacht na hEireann (the Constitution of Ireland).
Almost 8 years on, and there is still no sign at all of any stir in that
Display absolute and total contempt for the undertakings involved in the
signing of the United Nations Aarhus Convention Agreement (after billions of
EU subsidy money has been secured/conned as a result of signing up for it),
violate the Constitution of Ireland, alter the law in ways which are
repugnant to the Constitution, betray the State, betray the citizens of the
State, betray themselves: all "for a few dollars more" - and another very
cosy term in office? - "serving the public" of course.
appreciation of his much valued pioneering work in connection with
the Yahoo BullyOnLine Internet Group, this page is dedicated to the
memory of Tim Field - who gently departed this life at about 11.20 am today
(January 15th 2006), following a
lengthy period of illness.