notes for Tadgh' speech - not the whole text
Welcome everyone, my name is Tadhg Crowley, thank you all for coming and for your interest and willingness to hear about a solution for Tara and for Meath.
This is probably an unusual day and an unusual march:
we have not marched here just to say we are against something, we have primarily marched here to promote and talk about something positive, a real solution. A solution to the transport, quality of life, environmental and heritage issues in Meath, called the Meath MASTER Plan.
I’ll explain what the plan is in a moment.
We should not have to be here today proposing a people’s solution, unfortunately the government has completely failed Meath over the last 10 years.
Meath has been neglected,
The M3 will not provide transport choice, it will limit peoples choice in terms of where they want to work & where they want to live.
It will force people in Meath to become more dependent on long distance commuting, it will force them to become more dependent on their cars, more dependent on oil and make families and businesses more vulnerable to the impacts of rising fuel prices. It will also generate more pollution in the region through C02 emissions.
It will force businesses to locate in Dublin or Navan only and therefore cause both Navan and Dublin to sprawl significantly – it will also lead to bigger traffic jams at Blanchardstown.
There is also a really important factor that sets the tone for the future of the M3 motorway.
The oil price today is at $126/ barrel, in 2002 it was at $23 so it has risen by over 500% in 6 years and by over 100% in the last year alone.
Financial analysts recently predicted that oil would reach $200/ barrel within 2 years, and if that happened the petrol price in the US would double. Similar impacts can be expected here.
In my view the M3 motorway has a limited future. Essentially it is obsolete now in terms of its backward and simplistic role in transport provision.
The M3 will likely become obsolete within 7 years due to prohibitive costs of using it. I really don’t think that if people have to pay €2/litre at petrol pumps, that they will then also want to or be able to pay between €2000 and €4000 per year on toll charges.
What that means is that huge numbers of commuters will avoid the M3 and number of journeys on the M3 will significantly drop. The NRA says the M3 will provide for approx. 23,000 trips per day in the first year of use…but I believe within 7 years its usage will drop significantly below that due to prohibitive costs…and it will drop to a level easily “within the capacity” of the MASTER Plans 2+1 solution.
The Meath MASTER Plan provides a better way and provides more options and more stability for Meath’s future.
So what is the Meath MASTER Plan and what benefits will it bring for the people?
The Meath MASTER Plan has 3 key components:
So what are the benefits of the Meath MASTER Plan?
It gives CHOICE to the people…
It will provide REDUCED COST,
It provides improved QUALITY OF LIFE
The Meath MASTER plan puts the people of Meath and their future generations first. It is a solution for the people, for community and for their families...and it is a solution for a better, healthier, cleaner and less costly future for the people of Meath.
I sincerely hope the people of Meath can have a deeper look at this solution, that they can embrace the Meath MASTER Plan and make it their own, because it was created for them, for their future.
Thank you everyone for listening.
more about the Meath Master Plan march and Harp Gathering at Dail Eirreann - May 2008 - HERE