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Posted: 14-Mar-2006, 01:41 PM
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To the Celtic Radio community:

I thought I would start passing the word along here. In case some of you have not been aware, there's an uproar about the Hill of Tara and the development of its land back home in Ireland. The below statement from one of the mailing lists dealing with the area makes a good point. Personally, I think it's because people just don't know. So I'm spreading the word now. I encourage and ask you to spread the word about it to all you know in the Irish community. Maybe if all Irishfolk give more of an uproar, then our homeland will listen. We'll never know until we try. I thank you for your time and consideration. Dream Well.

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Posted: 14-Mar-2006, 01:58 PM
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Since ShadowDarkFyre forgot the link I'll give you the quick run down....

The government officials of Ireland wish to place a road that would destroy part of the lower slopes of Tara Hill when a much less expensive and shorter path would be to place the road near the train lines that run along the opposite side of the hill and do little damage to the Tara area. I personally have never heard the reasoning behind wanting to place the road where they are planning it for. Although I can see why the tourism industry would love to have a road going through there for their bus tours. From what I've heard Tara is a very beautiful area and really doesn't need the traffic this road would bring.



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Posted: 30-Jul-2007, 06:15 PM
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I just received this in an email....


EU officials urge halt to Tara motorway work

EU officials have called on the Government to halt work on part of the M3 motorway after concern was expressed about the impact on newly discovered ruins at the Hill of Tara, it emerged today.

In a letter to Minister for the Environment John Gormley, chairman of the union's petitions committee Marcin Libicki said that in light of the 2000-year old ruins found at Lismullin, work on that section of the project should be halted and a route review carried out.

The committee received a number of protest letters about the motorway route from Irish environmentalists.

Earlier this month, MEP Kathy Sinnott claimed the construction work was illegal as under EU law, the project needed an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

While one was carried out in 2003 it was done on the basis that no national monument lay in the motorway's path.

A spokesman for Mr Gormley said the minister's concern was the proper excavation of the Lismullin ruins and he is seeking legal advice on the EIA.

"Several members [of the committee] voiced concerns about recent developments related to the M3 project at Tara and Lismullin and the Skryne Valley," Mr Libicki wrote.

"Many members, including myself, share the view that in the light of the discovery of previously unrecorded, yet vitally important archaeology on the current route at Lismullin and nearby, urgent action is needed to halt existing works in this area and to review the routing of this section of the M3 motorway."

The Lismullin site, thought to be more than 2000 years old, was discovered during work on the road project in April and was later given national monument status.

In one of his final acts of office, former Minister for the Environment Dick Roche controversially signed an order of preservation by record for the site, meaning the prehistoric henge would be photographed, sketched and measured before being razed to make way for the motorway.

Following advice from the Attorney General, Mr Gormley said he had no power to review the order and state archaeologists claimed the ruins were too fragile to be preserved.

Mr Libicki said Europe's common heritage must be protected.

"I am very much aware of the fact that there are many complex factors to be taken account of in ordering a review but I trust the outcome will be a decision which complies with Ireland's obligations under EU law and which respects and protects a most important feature of Europe's common heritage," he wrote.

A spokesman for Mr Gormley said an immediate reply was issued to the letter, in which he stressed his powerlessness to re-route the motorway, but reiterated his desire to properly excavate the fragile Lismullin ruins.

He added construction work at the site had been suspended during excavation and that legal advice was being sought over the EIA requirements.

Meanwhile Ms Sinnott called on the Government to stop all work in the Tara vicinity immediately.

"I urge Minister Gormley, who I know has a great personal concern for Ireland's heritage to make that concern public and join me and the Petitions Committee in forcing the Government to suspend all works around Tara until the legal issues are resolved," she said.

"This Government must be prevented from destroying an important part of our heritage."

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Posted: 30-Jul-2007, 10:31 PM
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Glad to see it has been halted for now. I would like to get over there some day and I hate to have some ancient site ruined just so I as a tourist wouldn't have to go out of my way. Leave it as it is please. This tourist doesn't mind the hardship.


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Posted: 31-Jul-2007, 04:37 PM
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QUOTE (Robert Phoenix @ 30-Jul-2007, 10:31 PM)
Glad to see it has been halted for now. I would like to get over there some day and I hate to have some ancient site ruined just so I as a tourist wouldn't have to go out of my way. Leave it as it is please. This tourist doesn't mind the hardship.

Amen to that! I'd be going partially because it IS so out of the way.


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It would be ashame to destroy beautiful country but they do it all the time.

Glad they are not doing it this time


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Posted: 26-Aug-2007, 05:34 PM
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QUOTE (Aaediwen @ 31-Jul-2007, 04:37 PM)
Amen to that! I'd be going partially because it IS so out of the way.

I usually just browse this site, rarely having time to read but a little at a time, and even rarer do I post.

Like you, it's the out of the way places I enjoy visiting. WHEN (not IF) I get to visit Ireland...Tara is at the top of my list of sites to see, walk, breathe in....feel.

Glad to see progress on this has been halted.

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If you'd like to stay up to date on what's going on with Tara, visit:

www.tarawatch.org

Tara Watch now has a myspace page:

www.myspace.com/hilloftara


There's a link on both sites to a petition, as well.
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Thanks for posting this Fionna...what a shame.

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