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M3 motorway can be accommodated but not through Tara/Skryne valley - Cllr Joe Reilly

16 February, 2005

Meath Sinn Féin Councillor and by-election candidate Joe Reilly has today said that the M3 motorway can be accommodated - but not through the Tara and Skryne valley.

Cllr Reilly made his comments after Fianna Fail accepted a motion calling for the M3 motorway to go ahead in its present format. The motion, which was proposed by four TDs and senators from the Meath and Cavan/Monaghan constituencies, was not opposed at the meeting.

Speaking today Cllr Reilly said:

"The case has been made time and again by those campaigning against the proposed route of the M3 that there are viable and realistic alternatives where both infrastructure and heritage can be accommodated. The disputed section of the M3 motorway is 3 kilometres in length out of a total of 70 kilometres. Sinn Féin is calling upon the NRA and archaeologists to come together and sort this out.

"Eminent archaeological experts from Ireland and abroad have testified to the archaeological importance of the Tara/Skryne valley and have spoken about their dismay at the proposed routing of the motorway. I am calling upon the Tara site to be developed as a sustainable tourist site." ENDS

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