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  • Carmel Diviney
    9,000 Irish signatures needed to change EU law By Ann Cahill Europe Correspondent Thursday, April 01, 2010 EU citizens can try to change a law or introduce a
    Message 1 of 50 , Apr 1, 2010
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      9,000 Irish signatures needed to change EU law

      By Ann Cahill Europe Correspondent

      Thursday, April 01, 2010


      EU citizens can try to change a law or introduce a new one by gathering just a million signatures, including a minimum of 9,010 from Ireland.


      They can be gathered online and, provided they comply with basic human rights, Brussels will have to consider complying.

      It sets out the minimum number of signatures from each country, ranging from 4,500 for the smallest to 72,000 for the biggest, Germany. For Ireland the number will be 9,010.

      The subject can be anything where the European Commission can propose legislation and covers almost every aspect of daily life, from agriculture to health, education to the environment, GMOs to banking.

      "It can’t be frivolous, like Mickey Mouse for president. Or something that discriminates against people, that would be contrary to human rights. Or reviewing the treaties, that is the responsibility of the member states," said commission spokesperson Michael Mann.

      Once 300,000 signatures have been collected, the commission will rule if it is admissible, though they say this does not mean they will agree to bring legislation on the issue eventually. But if they do refuse, they have to explain exactly why.

      Organising it will not be easy, though. The signatures must be collected within one year and each person signing will have to give a range of personal details, including their name and address, email, date and place of birth and a piece of identity such as their passport or social security number. All must be destroyed within 18 months of submission.

      The organisers will have to have each country verify the identity of their citizens. They will also be responsible for translating the information on the proposed law into different languages and there will be no funding available. All sources of funding and support will have to be made known in an effort to prevent lobby and interest groups hijacking it. A majority of member states have some form of citizens’ initiative and this one was part of the Lisbon Treaty.

      Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin welcomed it but said special arrangements will have to be put in place in Ireland as there is currently no system of popular initiative like this.

       

      This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Thursday, April 01, 2010



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    • Carmel Diviney
      Maybe this guy could help out the people in Sligo whose absentee Landlord has come back from England after at least decades looking for his back ground rents.
      Message 50 of 50 , Sep 7, 2010
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        Maybe this guy could help out the people in Sligo whose absentee Landlord has come back from England after at least decades looking for his back ground rents. OMG that sickened me. 
         
         
        Carmel

        Tuesday, September 7, 2010

        NYC cop’s legal battle to ‘reclaim’ Irish estates

        By Sean O’Riordan

        Tuesday, September 07, 2010

        A FORMER New York policeman is set to launch a legal battle to reclaim some of Ireland’s greatest estates from their owners.


         

        John Sweeney staged a symbolic protest in the grounds of Blarney Castle to highlight the start of a case he’s bringing against 10 landlords.

        Sweeney, who was born in Cullen, Co Cork, claims the estates were granted to "settlers" and taken from Irish people illegally hundreds of years ago.

        He has set up a charity in the US known as the Irish Crown Estates which will administer the land if he ever manages to acquire it through the courts.

        Yesterday, he flew the charity’s flag off the ramparts of Blarney Castle, overlooking the sprawling 1,300-acre estate owned by John Colthurst.

        Sweeney, accompanied by two American documentary makers, paid €8 as a senior citizen to gain entry into what is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions.

        "People might well laugh at me, but I am deadly serious about this," the 72-year-old said.

        Sweeney said although he was shoving on in age he was hopeful he would live to see the day the land was restored for the benefit of the Irish people.

        "I’m not doing this for myself. The profits from the land would be used by the charity to help people in Ireland who are in need," he said.

        "I am preparing to go to the courts and will get an attorney to file the suits," he said.

        Last year, he visited a number of estates and "put them on notice" the next time he returned it would signal the start of his legal bid to obtain the land.

        Staff at Blarney Castle did not prevent McSweeney from unfolding his charity’s flag on the castle battlements, or in other parts of the grounds.

        A spokesman for the estate said Charles Colthurst was not in residence at the time and was therefore unavailable for comment.

        Sweeney acknowledged it was highly unlikely estate owners would take the threat of his legal action lying down.

        "I know full well they will fight me to the death," he said.

        Yesterday evening, the former Bronx police patrolman was planning to plant a flag at Lismore Castle, owned by the Duke of Devonshire.

         

        This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Tuesday, September 07, 2010



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