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Knock Iveagh development should cease immediately - Hazzard

24 July, 2018 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has today called for the immediate cessation of any development at Knock Iveagh following what could be the most significant local archeological discovery in generations.

The South Down MP said:

“It has long been known that Knock Iveagh hill is at the centre of a significant ceremonial and ritual landscape. However, it is only now becoming apparent that the area has been significantly under-studied and under-appreciated.

“Crop marks have now appeared as a result of the hot weather that seem to identify a rath or ring fort from the early medieval period surrounded by linear features radiating outwards.

"Initial examinations of the images suggest that it was a very strongly defended large enclosure which would have also served as an important ‘Royal’ centre or Assembly site.

"In recent days the Department for Infrastructure have confirmed that they are to review the planning process which resulted in permission being granted for a turbine adjacent to this site.

“I not only welcome that decision, but in the light of this significant new find I would also call on the Department for Communities to investigate this site urgently. Every and all steps must now be taken to identify, protect and enhance the rich and unique heritage at Knock Iveagh.” 

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