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grassfed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:00 PM
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Save The Hill of Tara (Ireland's Premier National Monument) from Motorway
THE HILL OF TARA

The Hill of Tara, Ireland's premier national monument and internationally renowned cultural icon, is being desecrated by construction of the M3 motorway. The works are in breach of international law, which protects this site for humanity, and the United Nations must intervene now.

Lying 30 miles north of Dublin, it was Ireland's capital for millennia; where over 142 kings were crowned, dating back to 3,000 BC. Since then, hundreds of monuments were built on the slopes and in the surrounding landscape. Today, the cultural landscape is defined by the remains of a number of defensive Iron Age hillforts which surround the Hill, lying approximately 2-3 miles away.

THE M3 MOTORWAY

The M3 motorway is being built by the Irish Government, in public private partnership with Siac and Ferrovial construction companies, through the centre of this landscape, and a 50 acre interchange is being built 1,000 metres from the summit. Already, dozens of archaeological sites within the landscape have been excavated and demolished, and construction is due to be completed in 2010.

Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney said:

If ever there was a place that deserved to be preserved in the name of the dead generations from pre-historic times up to historic times up to completely recently - it was Tara. I think it literally desecrates an area - I mean the word means to de-sacralise and for centuries the Tara landscape and the Tara sites have been regarded as part of the sacred ground.

DELAY OF UNESCO NOMINATION FOR TARA

The Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, has delayed nomination of the Hill of Tara to become a UNESCO site, until the M3 motorway is complete. UNESCO has stated that it cannot intervene, until Ireland completes the nomination, which was due to take place at the World Heritage Committee Meeting in Seville, in June 2009.


APPEAL TO UN TO INTERVENE

The only body that can now intervene and save the Hill of Tara is the United Nations. This petition is directed to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, and asks that you intervene in the Tara crisis, and begin a problem-solving initiative, which will protect Tara and allow the M3 to be completed.

The UN must intervene now and enforce UN law, on behalf of the people of Ireland, the Irish Diaspora, and both the global community.

FOLLOW LINK TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP SAVE TARA
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/UN-Must-Save-Tara

find out more at
TARA WATCH http://www.tarawatch.org
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:02 PM
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1. I have been to Tara many times
and it would be devastating to have a motorway anywhere near there. the peacefulness of the surrounding hills and valleys would be ruined.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:02 PM
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2. Is the interchange for tourist traffic to the site?
:sarcasm:

Romantic Ireland's dead and gone,
It's with O'Leary in the grave.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:02 PM
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3. To destroy it will invoke the wrath of the fairy people.
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 12:03 PM by Cleita
;)
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