The motorway at
Tara received planning permission in 2003. The Green Party took over the
environment portfolio in the Republic in June 2007.
Contrary to many
claims, the Irish Minister of the Environment, John Gormley simply does not have
the power to re-route the M3.
The Minister has
however, used his limited powers to protect Tara. The Minister did take a number
of initiatives to minimize the impact of the road on the landscape and
archaeology of the area. However decisions relating to the archaeological
findings along the route were made in 2005 and in relation to Lismullen in early
June, before the Minister took office.
sought legal advice on the issue and he does not have the power to reverse any
of the decisions.
The Minister has
established an archaeological committee to over see the excavation at
Lismullen. He has also asked that a special protection zone be established for
the entire Tara area to prevent against the development of commercial and
industrial development along the M3 route. The Minister has
also launched a review aimed at strengthening and improving both the legislation
and archaeological practices in Ireland.
power came too late, for the Green Party to intervene on the decision. Indeed it
came in the last six months of an eight year process and construction of the
motorway was well underway.
To ensure this
type of decision cannot happen again the Minister has set up a steering group.
Green Party MLA
Brian Wilson acknowledges that there is great concern among Green Party members
in Northern Ireland on the motorway development at Tara and disappointment that
power came to the Green Party too late to stop the development. Assembly Member
Wilson shares in that disappointment and will certainly pass on any concerns
from groups on this side of the border to John Gormley regarding Tara.
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