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From: "Jo Makepeace" (
Subject: SchNEWS 619, Friday 8th February 2008
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2008 16:07:11 -0000


Hill Of Tara - action to protect Lismullin

The battle to stop the motorway set to trash the area around the Hill Of Tara, Ireland (see SchNEWS 585, 597), is getting more urgent by the day as a third of the roadworks is already done - ahead of schedule even. In some of the worst archaeological trashing since US tanks trampled over 5000-year-old Sumerian relics during the Iraq invasion, the Hill Of Tara is one of the most important sites in Europe, yet suffering carnage. A motorway junction is being built which plows through a complex of monuments going back from 2000BC to 1200AD, including burial mounds, a henge, and other religious enclosures.

This week a high court action was launched aimed at protecting the Lismullin national monument near Tara. Gordon Lucas is seeking an injunction and declaration that the National Monuments Act 2004 - which gives the loopholes for such developments - is in breach of EU law. Meanwhile, as we speak there is digging equipment on the Lismullen henge - discovered only last year - which contains building work more than 4000 years old.

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People with bottle are urge to go and take direct action to stop the destruction now! There are protesters on the ground ut numbers are low. Benefit gigs are planned to contribute towards transport costs getting people over to Tara. If you're interested in going please email us -



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