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Subject: Legal profession on trial
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"In many respects it's the Republic of Ireland's legal profession that will be on trial in Navan today, and much more so than the 7 people who are being forced to appear before the court there."  

Constitutional Democracy
by W. Finnerty.  Tue Jul 24, 2007 09:13
An effort was made yesterday to try to ensure our Chief Justice (Mr John L. Murray) is aware of the way constitutional democracy now appears to be under threat in major ways: both in the United States of America and in the Republic of Ireland.
In many respects it's the Republic of Ireland's legal profession that will be on trial in Navan today, and much more so than the 7 people who are being forced to appear before the court there.
For anybody interested the text of yesterday's e-mail to Chief Justice John L. Murray, which was copied to several senior politicians and lawyers, can be viewed at the following address: .
Some people may also wish to keep in mind the following piece from the Daily Telegraph on January 14th 2006, which was LONG BEFORE the European Union quite rightly started to raise serious questions regarding the legal validity of our National Monuments (Amendment) Act 2004:
"(Dr.) Gerry Hogan (Trinity College, Dublin), senior counsel for Mr Salafia, claimed the legislation used to push through the project (M3) was unconstitutional. He said the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 2004 weakened the role of the Oireachtas (Ireland's national parliament) by giving the minister discretionary powers to determine the fate of the country's heritage. Mr Hogan claimed the state's duty to protect monuments had been 'seriously compromised'. (See also at .)
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The above text has been copied from the following Indymedia (Ireland) location:
UPDATE (July 26th 2007):
In spite of the views of constitutional law expert Dr Gerard Hogan (related above), and the much more recent concerns expressed by European Union Commissioner Stavros Dimas, both Judge John Brophy and defence lawyer Michael Finucane yesterday "acted as if" the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 2004 (Republic of Ireland) was all legally valid. 

An RTE (State Broadcaster) report on the court case can be viewed at .  
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