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Reilly calls for work on route of M3 to cease

3 January, 2007

Meath Sinn Féin Councillor Joe Reilly has called for work at the Rath Lugh site and other sites on the route of the M3 to cease until the National Roads Authority (NRA) clarifies what exactly the workers are doing there. Councillor Reilly said that work has begun on the M3 which is illegal as the Public Private Partnership contract has not yet been signed.

He said, "Work is taking place at several sites along the route of the M3 including Rath Lugh which is the site of a promontory fort in the Tara-Skryne Valley. Workers are refusing to tell campaigners what exactly they are doing or who they are working for and there are fears that work has began on the M3 which would be illegal as the Public Private Partnership contract has yet to be signed. I am calling for the work at these sites to cease immediately until the NRA clarifies exactly what work is taking place. The NRA has to ensure transparency and openness in all its dealings with the public.

"Sinn Féin wants to work on the M3 begin as soon as possible however we are opposed to the routing of 3km of the 70km road through the Tara-Skryne Valley. It is these three kilometres that have plagued this project right from the very beginning. The case has been made time and again that there is an alternative route that can accommodate both infrastructure and heritage. This is a shorter route and would cost significantly less to build. This route should be used and I would propose that the Tara-Skryne Valley be developed as a sustainable tourist site." ENDS

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