Legal help sought ...


In connection with ongoing local environmental and heritage protection problems,
E-mails were sent to a total of eleven law firms with addresses
in the Republic of Ireland on July 26th 2001.

A list of the eleven law firms in question is given below (towards the end of the page).

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From: William Finnerty
To: Law Mailbox
Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2001 10:58 AM
Subject: Re: Legal help sought

Dear Ms Ryan,

Thank you for contacting me earlier today.

I have sent e-mails (containing identical text to that sent to your firm) to a total of eleven law firms located in different parts of the country. This was done partly because I see the "general problem" (referred to in the 2nd paragraph from the end of my original e-mail below) as a national one really - even though all three of the examples I have used to outline the developing situation are connected with the east County Galway area (which is where I happen to live at the present time, and where my family of origin comes from).

Two of the eleven law firms I have sent the e-mails to are well established practices with postal addresses within the County Galway boundaries; and although I have not heard anything from either of them yet, I might do later. (All of the eleven e-mails were sent at the same time.)

I intend to contact you again within the coming few weeks or so - even if it is just to let you know how things worked out regarding the other law firms.

Thank you again for your help.


W. Finnerty.

---- Original Message -----

From: Law Mailbox
To: 'William Finnerty'
Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2001 8:48 AM
Subject: RE: Legal help sought

Dear Mr. Finnerty,

We would be happy to arrange an appointment for you at our offices, on payment of £250 to cover the initial consultation. Alternatively, it may be more cost effective for you to consult a local solicitor.

Kind regards,

Jennifer Ryan.

-----Original Message-----

From: William Finnerty
To: Solicitors A&L Goodbody
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 10:21 AM
Subject: Legal help sought

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am wondering if your law firm might be able to help me with some problems I am encountering - which I have attempted to outline for you as efficiently as I can using the three examples set out below.

In connection with the matters in question, which all have to do with certain environmental and heritage protection issues, I have reached a point where it appears (to me) that a considerable number of people may have got into the habit of operating outside the limits of the law, and the principles of the Constitution. 

Example 1:
Although Galway County Council have recently made certain alterations which now hide the overall problem to a large extent, it is nevertheless the case that all of the sewage discharges shown in the photographs on the www page address immediately below are (to the very best of my knowledge) still going straight into the river just beside where I  live. Please see:
I have been informed that "an order of mandamus" can be used to compel a person, or a body (such as Galway County Council) to perform a legally imposed duty; and, that its use would definitely be appropriate in this particular situation. However, I understand that the legal procedures involving an order of mandamus need to be initiated by a solicitor: and I am not a solicitor.

Example 2:
Leading front-page headlines on the July 20th 2001 edition of the local Connacht Tribune weekly newspaper indicate that the ESB project referred to at the following address is now going ahead - apparently exactly as planned, and presumably as shown in the photographs at www page address just below:

Example 3:
Though the alterations to the field shown in the photographs on the following www page have been brought to the attention of the Garda Siochana several months ago, they have not (as far as I know) done anything about this particular situation which might in the least way deter others from doing similar things in the future. Please see:

Although little or nothing of any value (as I see it) has resulted from my efforts to date, numerous attempts have nonetheless been made to bring the general problem outlined above to the attention of several senior politicians; and, one sample of the effort involved can be seen in the letter to President Mary McAleese at the www address below:

If your law firm can help me with any of the above problems, I would be very pleased to hear from you within the coming 14 days. Please note though that I would not wish you to do any legal work on my behalf unless I was first given some indication of the costs involved, and a little time to consider them.

Yours sincerely,

Mr William Finnerty, "St Albans", New Inn, Ballinasloe, County Galway.



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