Govenment plan of area protected
text of Order
NATIONAL MONUMENTS ACTS 1930 to 2004
National Monuments Temporary Preservation Order No. 1 of 2007
TEMPORARY PRESERVATION ORDER made by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage
and Local Government under sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the National Monuments (Amendment)
Act 1954, (in accordance with the provisions of the Heritage (Transfer of Functions of
Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland) Order 1996, the Arts, Culture, the Gaeltacht (Alteration
of Name of Department and title of Minister) Order 1997, the Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the
Islands (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2002, the Heritage
(Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2002 and the
Environment and Local Government (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister)
Order 2003) as to the National Monument known as Rath Lugh, in the townland of Lismullin,
Co. Meath (ME 032-025).
WHEREAS IT IS ENACTED by sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the National Monuments
(Amendment) Act 1954, that where it appears to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and
Local Government, that a monument which in his opinion is a National Monument, is in immediate
danger of injury or destruction, the Minister may by Order undertake the preservation of such
WHEREAS IT IS ENACTED by sub-section (2) of Section 4 of the National Monuments
(Amendment) Act 1954, that an Order shall, unless previously revoked by Order of the Minister,
remain in force for a period of six months and shall then expire.
AND WHEREAS the Minister is of the opinion that the monument known Rath Lugh, in the
townland of Lismullin, Co. Meath (ME 032-025) and more particularly delineated and defined in
red on the map annexed hereto, dated 4 September 2007, is a National Monument.
AND WHEREAS it appears to the Minister that the said monument is in immediate danger of
injury or destruction.
NOW the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in exercise of the power
conferred on him by sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act
1954, does by this Order undertake the preservation of the said monument.
THIS ORDER may be referred to as the National Monuments Temporary Preservation Order No. 1
GIVEN under the Official Seal of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
John Gormley, T.D.,
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
this day of , 2007
A diagram of the effected area is available on www.savetara.com Downloads Page
Press Release - 5th. November 2007.
Material Change in Circumstances Permits Gormley
- to Fully Protect Lismullin National Monument
MASTER Plan Provides Minister with Mechanism to Preserve Lismullin; Expands Role of Lismullin Committee to Oversee Development of Tara-Skryne Valley with Public Participation
IN another breakthrough in the Tara/M3 motorway issue, the drafters of the Meath MASTER Plan have today revealed that it provides Minister for the Environment John Gormley with the means to permanently preserve and protect the National Monument at Lismullin, whilst providing a state-of-the-art transport network for Meath.
The MASTER Plan - standing for Model Archaeological Sustainable and Economic Region - is an advanced development plan that solves the current legal issues around the controversial M3 motorway, preserves the Tara Landscape, provides much-needed bypasses of Dunshaughlin and Navan, cuts Co2 emissions and avoids any re-routing. The transport elements of the plan alone have been estimated to generate environmental benefits of at least € 114 million per annum.
Independent transport researcher Brian Guckian and environmental campaigner Tadhg Crowley, who drafted the Plan, said that it provided the Minister with the necessary change in material circumstances required to reverse the controversial Order to preserve-by-record the National Monument at Lismullin and to put its protection on a permanent footing. The key change in circumstances provided by the Plan is the dropping of the Roestown - Cannistown section of the M3 and its replacement by the toll-free 2+1 format on the parallel N3, made possible by cuts in traffic volumes brought about by the Plan's usage of the Navan/Kells Rail Link and increased coach services in the Kells - Navan - Dublin corridor.
The MASTER Plan also provides for expansion and enhancement of the work of the expert Committee on Lismullin established by Minister Gormley.
The Expert Committee's remit would be broadened to oversee the implementation of the Landscape Conservation Area proposed by the Minister. Its implementation would include the Tara-Skryne Valley in an application for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The Committee would also oversee the management and development of the wider Meath World Heritage Park area for sustainable tourism, ecological and heritage education and would include the participation of the local public.
The land within the Tara-Skryne Valley currently intended for the M3 would be held in state ownership and designated for heritage interpretation and protection. The extent of the World Heritage Park would include the five major centres of Navan, Kells, Trim, Dunshaughlin and Slane, bringing a major tourist and economic dividend for the region.
Mr. Guckian and Mr. Crowley have welcomed broad support to date for the Plan and have met with public representatives, as well as having had dialogue with the Department of Transport. They said they were still working to secure a meeting with Minister Gormley and noted that surprise had been expressed that it had been Minister Noel Dempsey who had shown initiative on the Plan ahead of Minister Gormley.
The MASTER Plan has been circulated to most government Ministers as it covers several different administrative portfolios, as well as to the Taoiseach. It has also been sent to Meath County Council and is available to the public online.
Further Information from: Tadhg Crowley 085 7159013