TARA - KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!
A status update on Tara, Ireland & actions below on what you can do.
The Irish government and National Roads Authority, despite having had a choice of available alternative routes have continued work on the M3 motorway, destroying ancient sites of national and global historical, archaeological and spiritual significance in the Tara-Skryne area, none of which would have been necessary had an alternative route been chosen. They have bulldozed heritage sites like the Baronstown and Lismullen henges and are effectively cutting open the hillside and concreting over sacred landscape, all in a bid to earn income from sale of the motorway tolling rights to a foreign toll company.
The High Court in Dublin has just rejected application for an injunction to halt the M3 motorway development at Tara. Tara is a complex of several monuments – forts, henges, enclosures, burial mounds in an ancient sacred landscape pivotal to rule of sacred kingship, druidry and power in Ireland.
At present Rath Lugh - a national monument (an ancient military site on Tara) is in danger from motorway construction there. There is a 20 metre exclusion buffer around the rath which is founded upon an ancient esker - a ridge of sand and gravel that is now at risk of destabilization due to the construction that impinges upon the exclusion zone.
The actions of the protectors (the anti-motorway protestors) and in particular, a very brave young woman, Lisa Feeney, who barricaded herself into a makeshift tunnel by the site thereby preventing the bulldozers, have resulted in an agreement by the National Roads Authority (who commissioned the motorway and are in charge thereof) to a 4-week cessation of further construction while a review is carried out to ensure the terms of the preservation order on Rath Lugh are met.HOW YOU CAN HELP More pressure is needed in the form of letter-writing to ensure that the protection of Tara stays in the media spotlight and that pressure is consistently levied upon the Irish government to ensure that the motorway route is moved away from national monuments such as Rath Lugh. 1. Letters to the Irish Government
Protest letters to the Taoiseach (prime minister) and Irish government ministers with direct responsibility for roads and environment are important. They must respond or acknowledge your letter. If you address your letter to all three, the government departments will have to copy it to each minister.
Environment & Heritage Minister: John Gormley
Taoiseach (Prime Minister): Bertie Ahern
Transport Minister: Noel Dempsey
Ireland[size=150]2. Letters to the EU Commissioner for the Environment - Stavros Dimas [/size]
The European Commissioner for Environment will prosecute the Irish government for failure to comply with EU legislation on protection of heritage sites. Letters,emails protesting to him at the destruction in the Tara-Skryne area of Ireland are vital to increase focus on the situation and bring forth EU action. firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters to newspapers and embassies
-are particularly effective because of the strong weight of international protest. The Irish government are very much under the influence of America, due to business investment here and are also under the jurisdiction of the European Union and the directives on Environment law and preservation of heritage sites. Increase pressure by the writing to the following (a) Newspapers
This has impact. We are seeing increasing amounts of published letters to the editor of national newspapers here. Protest letters from abroad carry additional weight because they shame and embarrass the government, they keep international focus on the damage being done at Tara-Skryne and very importantly, affect the tourism industry, which has a knock-on effect on economy.
Ireland is dependent upon heritage tourism and visitors, so letters stating disgust at what is being done in the region of Tara and the threat not to visit the country or return again because the government is damaging the very sites that people come to see, are powerfulin getting increasing lobbying by the Heritage Tourism sector
. Irish National Newspapers
These have huge circulation and strong lobbying capabilities through adverse publicity:The Irish Times
Letters to the Editor
The Irish Times Building,PO Box 74,
24-28 Tara Street,
Tel +353 1 675 8000
Fax: + 353 1 675 8035Email: email@example.com
Guidelines for writing to The Irish Times http://www.ireland.com/about/p_letters.htm
(ie. short letters more likely to be published than long ones & preferably without attachments)The Irish Independent
Letters to the editor: firstname.lastname@example.org The Irish Daily Mail
Letters to the editor:
Herbert Park Lane
Telephone +353 1 637 5800
Fax +353 1 637 5880(b) Letters to Embassies:
If you instruct your embassy to make representation on your behalf to the Irish government, in protest at the destruction they are wreaking on Tara, they can communicate it with the Irish Govmt Dept of Foreign Affairs who liaise with the Embassies. Request that your correspondence be forwarded with the complaint by the embassy to Irish Govmt. The more official channels that register protest, the better.
Find your embassy here:http://www.dochara.com/info/health/emba
European Embassies in Irelandhttp://www.jobsearch.ie/applicants/embassies.htmThis 'war' will be won through publicity - by putting pressure on the Irish Goverment through protest (Direct letters, letters to Embassies) and adverse publicity (letters to Newspapers) and through Legal means (letters to EU commissioner).
Thank you for anything you can send. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
info on http://www.tarawatch.org