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Environment Committee must accept the views of experts

19 January, 2005


Sinn Féin candidate for the Meath by-election, Councillor Joe Reilly has said, "The Oireachtas Environment Committee must accept the views of leading archaeological and academic experts when making their recommendations to the Minister."

Councillor Reilly was speaking before the Oireachtas Environment Committee heard evidence today from three leading archaeological and academic experts about the proposed route of the controversial M3 Motorway.

Speaking in Meath today he said:

"The Oireachtas Environment Committee is to hear evidence today from three leading archaeological and academic experts about the proposed route of the M3 Motorway. To date the National Roads Authority has failed to rebut their opinion that the proposed route of the M3 Motorway will damage part of the Tara archaeological complex.

"The Oireachtas Environment Committee must accept the views of leading archaeological and academic experts when making their recommendation to the Minister.

"I would like to support the call for the Committee to seek the opinions of State organisations such as The Heritage Council, The National Museum and others who have remained silent on this issue.

"The reality is, as the experts will testify to, that the route through the Tara/Skyrne valley is not the place for the M3. There is a viable alternative route that can and should be adopted."

Councillor Reilly concluded by calling on the Government and The National Roads Authority to "immediately initiate the construction of the Dunshaughlin, Navan and Kells by-passes to relieve the major traffic problems in those towns." ENDS

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