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From: "Jo Makepeace" (
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 22:32:55 +0100
Subject: SchNEWS 607, Friday 19th October 2007

more ancient burials discovered at the Hill of Tara


The latest at the Hill Of Tara, where the Irish Govt are trying to build a motorway through one the most important archaeological sites in Europe (See SchNEWS 585), is that more ancient burials have been discovered and protesters are making an emergency appeal for the road to be re-routed. The road is due to go through forty-odd known sites of ancient historic interest, with new sites being unearthed during the excavations - and being promptly destroyed. The latest discovery is at Philpotstown, where the motorway will cut into the Hill Of Tara, where they have dug up a system of ancient fields, ceremonial and burial structures, and an Iron Age hill fort.

On a legal front the European Commission is starting legal action against the Irish Govt over the motorway. The commission decision will force the Irish government to defend its position at Europe's highest court, which will lead to fines if it loses the case. The European Environmental Commissioner says that the National Monuments Act doesn't offer enough protection for important archaeological sites and that it is in contravention of directives about environmental assessment. The Irish Govt's only defence is to say that re-routing will cause delays and cost an extra 200 million Euros.

There's an ever urgent call out for people to support and visit the site -

Contact Tara Solidarity Vigil - (from UK dial) 00353(0) 861758557
Fianna Nua Camp, Rath Lugh - 00353( 0) 861537146

here will be a Samhain gathering at Tara Oct 31st to Nov 3rd 2007 - bring music, food and firewood

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