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Subject: "I will have to check ..." (PM Ahern on the Aarhus Convention Agreement)
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"I will have to check ..." (PM Ahern on the Aarhus Convention Agreement)
by W. Finnerty. Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:12

Dáil Éireann - Volume 596 - 02 February, 2005

The following text comes from the page address just above:

Mr. Sargent: "I asked a question of the Tánaiste yesterday but did not get an answer. The Taoiseach might respond today. Ireland has signed the Aarhus Convention (in 1998) but has not yet ratified it. Having regard to Article 29.5.1º of the Constitution, when will the convention be ratified and laid before the Dáil? "

"Since my request to adjourn the Dáil under Standing Order No. 31 was disallowed, may I ask the Taoiseach about the Building Control Bill, which in September 2003 was promised for early 2004 and is now being promised for late 2005? Technically, the energy performance on building directive is to be introduced on 4 January 2006. Indications from the freedom of information process are that it will be delayed until 2009. Will the Taoiseach take a leadership role in this and ensure that energy conservation is prioritised, given our lack of fuel security, not to mention climate change? Has the Taoiseach heard of the Aarhus Convention?"

The Taoiseach: "I will have to check on the matter of the Aarhus Convention. Will the Deputy repeat the name?"

Mr. Sargent: "The Aarhus Convention. Aarhus is a town in Denmark".


Some of the main social benefits of the Aarhus Convention Agreement - as perceived by people such as Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, are as follows:

1) "It links environmental rights and human rights."

2) "It links government accountability and environmental protection."

3) "The subject of the Aarhus Convention goes to the heart of the relationship between people and governments."

"Having regard to Article 29.5.1º of the Constitution (Republic of Ireland)", what - if anything - is Prime Minister Ahern doing about the Aarhus Convention Agreement?

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