Sunday, July 15, 2007

Ancient heritage site destroyed by Irish government

Its no secret anymore how much the so-called "European" Goverments respect our History, Heritage and Identity. Ireland is not an exception to the rule.

"At Tara in Ireland, thousands of years of important Irish and European archaeology have been wiped out by the Irish government – in the middle of the night! And more is threatened.

The ancient Irish archaeological landscape of Tara suffered a terrible blow this month.
For the last few years the Irish government has been implementing plans to build a four-lane flood-lit motorway through the middle of this priceless area of Irish and European heritage. Tara is older than the pyramids, older than Stone Henge, older than the Great Wall of China. Tara was for thousands of years the seat of the Irish kings and queens.
On July 5th, construction workers using heavy earth-mover machinery entered the Baronstown monument in the Tara valley. Baronstown was a massive Bronze Age settlement and burial ground. They entered this area in the middle of the night. By the morning the archaeological site was completely destroyed.
The Irish governmentʼs own expert archaeologists have stated that the burial ground at Baronstown was a site of great importance, and deserved the status of Irish National Monument. Yet in the space of a few hours, nothing now remains of this important part of both Irish and European heritage. The terrible irony is that EU subsidy funds are helping to finance this motorway. Therefore European Union funding is directly contributing to wiping out Europan heritage.
Commissioner at the European Parliament, Stavros Dimas, sent a letter of reprimand this month to the Irish government about Tara and the M3 motorway. On July 13, he also called the Minister responsible, John Gormley of the Irish Green Party, to his office in Brussels. Because, unfortunately, there is another ancient site due to be destroyed, this time a site with the official status of Irish National Monument – the recent archaeological discovery at Lismullen in the Tara valley. This site was originally an enormous wooden henge, and used as a pagan temple of worship by the ancient kings and queens of Ireland. The Irish government is planning within the next months to ʽpreserve it by recordʼ, that is, to photograph it, put a few parts in storage, and then bulldoze through the rest to make way for the motorway. If this is allowed to happen, European Union money will again have been used to destroy a vital part of our European heritage.
It is important to note that other routes for this motorway have always been available. It is possible for a motorway to be built along another route and for the landscape of Tara to remain completely intact. However, for whatever reasons, and people can only speculate as to what those reasons could be, the Irish government insists on the motorway going through particular areas of land, in this multi-million Euro project.
Irish Member of the European Parliament, Kathy Sinnott, has stated that what the Irish government is doing at Tara is clearly illegal within the framework of European Union law.
Now is the time to act. Please email your local Member of the European Parliament and ask them to support efforts within the EU to prevent the Irish government from destroying more of our common European heritage, and from doing so using European Union funding.
For more information please see the website
There is also a petition you can sign at
This is a vital time in the effort to save Tara. Please pass this information on to everyone you can."

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