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Destruction of Tara nothing less than Government sponsored vandalism - Crowe

6 July, 2006


Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has expressed fears that the passing of the Strategic Infrastructue Bill this week will fast-track the destruction of the Tara Archaeological Complex. Speaking after attending a demonstration against the route of the M3 through Tara at Leinster House this morning Deputy Crowe said the Tara/Skryne valley is part of our heritage, part of our history and part of what we are and plans for its destruction are nothing less than Government sponsored vandalism.

Deputy Crowe said, "The Tara/Skryne valley is part of our heritage, part of our history and part of what we are and plans for its destruction are nothing less than Government sponsored vandalism.

"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. Sinn Féin is calling for the M3 to be constructed on that viable, alternative route.

"We are also calling for the Tara/Skryne to be developed as a sustainable tourist site. What people don't realize is that approximately 100,000 people visit the site annually at present. The financial prospects for the County, if the site is developed as a tourist attraction, are colossal and should not be overlooked.

"However, I fear that the passing of the Strategic Infrastructure Bill this week will fast-track the destruction of the Tara Archaeological Complex. This Bill was designed to limit scrutiny during the planning process for projects like the M3 and the Rossport pipeline and to facilitate the ramming through of unwanted infrastructure against the democratic wishes of communities.

"Sinn Féin will continue to oppose the routing of the M3 through the Tara/Skryne valley and will take that opposition down every avenue remaining open to us." ENDS

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