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Minister prepared to bulldoze his way through Ireland's archaeological past

31 March, 2005

Sinn Féin Meath County Councillor, Joe Reilly, has accused the Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche, of being prepared "to bulldoze his way through Ireland's archaeological past".

Councillor Reilly said, "The intention of the Minister to issue licences for excavation work along the proposed route of the M3 through the Tara-Skryne valley shows that he has turned a deaf ear to the protests of a wide body of public opinion. It wasn‚t only ordinary members of the public who were incensed by the proposal of the NRA and tear a motorway through the valley it was also the considered opinion of many experts in the field that this was the wrong thing to do. There were alternatives and they should have been looked at. Unfortunately this Minister is clearly prepared to bulldoze his way through Ireland‚s archaeological past at any cost.

"The M3 motorway can be accommodated - but not through the Tara and Skryne valley. The disputed section of the M3 motorway is only 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.

"The other thing that should be remembered is that this decision if it is pursued will not bring an end to the misery of motorists any time quick. With the amount of opposition to this proposal it is clear that there will be litigation and that court proceedings will delay the project indefinitely. It is not too late to reconsider the alternative options available." ENDS

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