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Viable alternative route should be used to save Tara - McDonald

29 August, 2007

Speaking from Tara today as Environmental groups launched a campaign to stop the destruction of the heritage site Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald said the refusal of the Government to route the M3 motorway on the viable alternative route proposed by the Save Tara Campaign has led to long delays and misery for the commuters in Meath.

Ms. McDonald said today, "The commuters of Meath need and deserve an immediate transport solution. However, it has been proved that this does not have to be at the expense of our heritage.

"Those opposing the construction of the road through the valley have put forward a viable alternative route which is shorter and avoids the destruction of the heritage site at Lismullen. This route should have been used.

"By refusing to direct the motorway along this route the Government has subjected the commuters of Meath to long delays and endless misery.

"Experts have time and again contested to the archaeological significance of the Tara/Skryne Valley and called for it to be preserved. It should still be preserved and the alternative route should be used." ENDS

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