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‘Carrickmines Castle/M50 Supreme Court Judgment Tomorrow Will Impact Hill of Tara/M3 Case’

category national | history and heritage | press release author Monday July 24, 2006 21:18author by Siobhan Rice - TaraWatchauthor email info at tarawatch dot orgauthor phone 086-319-9833 Report this post to the editors

Tuesday is an historic day of reckoning for Irish heritage

The Supreme Court will deliver its third judgment tomorrow morning at 10.45AM in the Carrickmines Castle/M50 saga, and the decision will have a major impact on the Hill of Tara/M3 case now being appealed to the Supreme Court. A date of October 11 has been set for that Appeal.



24 July 2006

‘Carrickmines Castle/M50 Supreme Court Judgment Tomorrow Will Impact Hill of Tara/M3 Case’

The Supreme Court will deliver its third judgment tomorrow morning at 10.45AM in the Carrickmines Castle/M50 saga, and the decision will have a major impact on the Hill of Tara/M3 case now being appealed to the Supreme Court. A date of October 11 has been set for that Appeal.

This Carrickmines case was taken against the Minister for the Environment by Dominic Dunne, of the ‘Carrickminders’, who occupied the castle site in 2002. Although the site has been partially demolished, the legal issues involved will have big implications for infrastructure development and heritage nationwide, particularly the M3 at Tara.

The core issue in tomorrow’s case will be whether there is a constitutional duty on the authorities to protect national heritage, as Mrs Justice Mary Laffoy decided there was, in her High Court opinion of September 2004, which is now being appealed.

If the Supreme Court agrees with her, and holds there is such a duty, the next question is whether Section 8 of the National Monuments Act 2004, which specifically allowed for demolition of all national monuments in the pathway of the South Eastern Motorway, breached that duty. If so, then the entire National Monuments Act may, by implication, be unconstitutional. That is the argument made in the Hill of Tara/M3 case by former Carrickminders spokesperson Vincent Salafia.

However, even if the Supreme Court finds against Mr Dunne on all counts, the Hill of Tara/M3 Supreme Court case will proceed. Mr Salafia has alleged that the NRA is in breach of the 2004 National Monuments Act because new national monuments have been discovered in the Tara/Skryne valley while excavating for the M3 and work has not ceased as it is required to.

Mr Salafia said:

“This will be an historic day of reckoning. The Government changed their own law to facilitate the motorway at Carrickmines, even after two Supreme Court decisions said they were acting illegally.

“The same new law is also being used to run the motorway through Tara, and while Carrickmines Castle may be ruined forever, it will not have been in vain if Tara can be saved.


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author by anonpublication date Tue Jul 25, 2006 13:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Mr Chief Justice John L Murray dismissed the case, ruling in favour of a previous High Court decision.

That judgment rejected Mr Dunne’s bid to stop construction of the motorway over the ruins of the castle because it was unconstitutional and against EU directives.

The court ruled it could not accede to either application and it cleared the way for work to continue.


author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain - Save Tarapublication date Tue Jul 25, 2006 13:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I think that this an appalling decision for the knock on effect that it will have on Tara.
It makes it even more difficult to convince the politicians that the road should be moved.
A huge effort must be made by everyone who cares at this stage to make this an issue in the next 10 months.

author by redjadepublication date Tue Jul 25, 2006 14:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Muireann is right

there's a knock on effect to this

Pro-Tara people need to come together and sideline their disputes and other nonsense.

Recently UNESCO ( http://whc.unesco.org/ ) announced more World Heritage sites

Tara was not on that list - why? Not because it is not worthy - but because countries are only awarded the honour if they apply.

Needless to say, the present Irish government does not want to submit the Tara Skryne Valley to UNESCO because some people are going to make a lot of money off of a motorway - which also means that a lot of other people are not going to make money off of low impact tourism and the like.

Tara should not be reduced to an economic argument - its value goes well beyond that.

But Ireland is consistantly shooting itself in the foot by bulldozing sites like Carrickmines Castle and the Tara Skryne Valley and others.

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