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From: "William Finnerty" <newinngalway@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 11:10:13 +0100 (BST)
Subject: [Crooked-Lawyers] Gas and oil reserves (Republic of Ireland) - who REALLY owns them?


Corrupt bullies take all?

"All natural resources, including the air and all forms of potential energy, within the jurisdiction of the Parliament and Government established by this Constitution and all royalties and franchises within that jurisdiction belong to the State subject to all estates and interests therein for the time being lawfully vested in any person or body." 

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Article 10.1 of Constitution
by W. Finnerty.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 08:09
 
How, I wonder, does all of the above fit in with Article 10.1 of Bunreacht na hEireann (the "BASIC LAW of the Republic of Ireland" or "Constitution" ) which clearly states:
 
"All natural resources, including the air and all forms of potential energy, within the jurisdiction of the Parliament and Government established by this Constitution and all royalties and franchises within that jurisdiction belong to the State subject to all estates and interests therein for the time being lawfully vested in any person or body." (The full text of the Republic of Ireland's Constitution can be found via  http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=Bunreacht+na+hEireann&btnG=Search .)
 
In addition, and keeping Article 10.1 in mind, there is also the "Daily Ireland" article of May 27th 2006 at http://www.indymedia.ie/article/76312 which, among several other things, contains the following statements: 

"It has also emerged since the CPI report was published that a deal for the exploration and development of the Dunquin prospect off the south west coast has been hammered out between the world's largest oil company Exxon Mobil and the Irish company, Providence Resources, in which, surprise surprise, Tony O'Reilly personally holds a 45 per cent stake. Providence acquired the exploration licence for the prospect less than two years ago for the princely sum of €11,000 (£7,700)."
 
"Under the farm out agreement announced early this year Exxon has agreed to invest €100 million (£70 million) to explore and develop any find from a field which is estimated to be worth €20 billion (£14 billion). If these figures are correct, or anywhere near it, O'Reilly stands to make a personal profit of €1.4 billion without adding any value whatsoever to the licence he obtained."
 
"It is an extraordinary situation that the government hands a licence to a company for almost nothing. It is worth noting that the Irish taxpayer paid for the seismic research that identified the potential find. The company reaps a huge profit without adding any value while the taxpayer, who funded the original investigation, gets no return in terms of royalties, taxation or even control over the availability or price of any gas or oil brought ashore. Extraordinary but true. As is the fact that a spokesperson for the Taoiseach (Prime Minister Ahern TD) recently told a prominent Dublin journalist that he was “terrified” of O’Reilly’s other newspaper, the Sunday Independent. In the coming weeks the government will announce the winning tenders for a fresh raft of exploration licenses in the Slyne, Erris and Donegal Basins off the north-west."

Why is it that the legal profession, including the Attorney General for example, all appear (to me) to be ignoring Bunreacht na hEireann regarding the above issues? 
 
Maybe I've missed something?
 
Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/81757&comment_limit=0&condense_comments=false#comment189489
 
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The above text has been copied from the following Indymedia (Ireland) location:
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/81708&comment_limit=0&condense_comments=false#comment189850
 
 

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Constitution of Ireland:
Bunreacht na hEireann

CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE
and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (United Nations):

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE (UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE) ACT, 2000 (Republic Of Ireland):
http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/ZZA11Y2000.html

European Convention on Human Rights (Council of Europe):
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=European+Convention+on+Human+Rights&btnG=Search

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations):
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