Judicial help sought ...

Immediately following some highly publicised remarks made in court by Mr. Justice Thomas Smyth, which included the statement "This rot has got to stop", it was decided to seek his help using the e-mail dated August 1st 2001 set out below.

Mr. Justice Smyth is described as "a very hard working judge who takes his professional life with the utmost seriousness" - page 7, Irish Independent, Wednesday, August 1st 2001.

Copies of this e-mail were later sent to several media organisations in the Republic of Ireland.

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From: William Finnerty
To: TV3 ; Tuam Herald ; The Irish Times ; TG4 (Newsdesk) ; Sunday Business Post ; RTE (Irish National TV Station) ; Irish Independent Newspapers (Unison Group) ; Irish Examiner Newspaper ; Irish Emigrant Newspaper ; Ireland On Sunday ; Galway Bay FM (local radio) ; Galway Advertiser Editor (Mr. Declan Varley) ; Connacht Tribune Editor (Mr. John Cunningham)
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 12:45 PM
Subject: Fw: No untouchables?   (COPIES TO IRISH MEDIA)

----- Original Message -----
From: William Finnerty
To: Mr. Justice Thomas Smyth
Cc: Irish Independent Newspapers (Unison Group) ; Assistant Police Commissioner (Galway area) ; Police Commissioners Office ; Rachael O' Neill (Eircom Customer Services)
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 1:43 PM
Subject: No untouchables?

Dear Mr. Justice Smyth,

It is reported on page 7 of today's Irish Independent Newspaper that you have stated: "everyone was equal before the law and that there were no untouchables".

I strongly suspect that when you made this statement, you would not have been aware of the information regarding the problems outlined at the following www page address:

Ideally, I believe that all of your judicial colleagues should be made aware of the information referred to above; and, assuming that it would be in order for you to do so, it would be much appreciated if could copy this e-mail to them please.

It is also reported (in the leading front-page headline of today's Irish Independent) that you have said: "This rot has got to stop."  I am delighted that you have said this, and that you have said it in such a public way.  Personally, I find myself in full agreement with this statement; and I believe that there may be a great many other people in this State who feel exactly the same way as I do.

Allowing for the possibility of e-mail delivery problems, I intend to send you a printed copy of this e-mail through the registered post later today.


Mr. William Finnerty

E-MAIL:   wfinnerty@eircom.net
WEB SITE:   http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/


A scanned copy of the printed version of the above e-mail sent through the post (and a copy the associated Post Office registration slip) have been included below.

Registration slip for letter sent to Mr. Justice Thomas Smyth (please see scanned copy below).

Scanned copy of letter sent through the registered post to Mr. Justice Thomas Smyth on August 1st 2001.


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