I object to the planned routing of the M3 motorway through the Tara-Skryne valley.
I believe that the archaeological importance of this area is beyond question.
In the words of Conor Newman: "Tara is one of the most important and famous
archaeological complexes in the world and the valley between Tara and Skryne is an
area of tremendous importance."
I am in total agreement with the 12 eminent Irish historians and archaeologists,
who in letters to the Irish Independent and The Irish Examiner wrote: "The Hill
of Tara constitutes the heart and Soul of Ireland. Its very name invokes the spirit
and mystique of our people and is instantly recognisable worldwide. The plan approved
recently by An Bord Pleanála for the M3 motorway to dissect the Tara-Skryne
valley, Ireland's premier national monument, spells out a massive national and international
tragedy that must be averted."
I believe the importance of the whole area to Ireland and her people, the diaspora
spread throughout the world, and the value of the unspoiled landscape to the tourist
industry is unfathomable.
I look forward to your reply, and in the meantime urge you to reroute the M3 away
from the Tara/Skryne Valley .
Mise le meas