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A Year In Tara

category national | crime and justice | opinion/analysis author Friday December 28, 2007 19:42author by Tara Support Report this post to the editors

Trial Date January 21st 2008.

It is not so easy to build a time line on the issue of Tara and all that this entails.

For starters the issue began many years ago and the campaigns have largely evolved
with new people coming on to help as was necessitated, however, the General Election of
2007 provided a useful focus and of course saw a corrupt Minister for Environment
replaced by one who is morally inept and constitutionally Hamstrung.. but I will give it a go.
The Henge Site is In the Ownership of the NRA since 26-12-07
The Henge Site is In the Ownership of the NRA since 26-12-07

The road protests gained momentum with the political realisation that a hung Dail would
facilitate the push for the M3 toll road, it played directly into the hands of FF and their cronies
who during the development of 'The Programme for Government' were aware that under Irish
Legislation there are no protections for the fragile archaeological complex that comprises
the Gabhra Valley. There were 38 separate licences granted by Minister Roche for the
excavations and a thirty ninth site was 'discovered' during the roads Programme.

The series of legislations that led to this crisis involved the offices of Martin Cullen TD,
Noel Dempsey TD and Dick Roche TD. The EU will investigate the issue
and it will become quite clear that since the dumping of the Heritage portfolio
in the immeadiate aftermath of the last election that planning was a big issue to FF.

A simple timeline:-

**FF dropped the Heritage Portfolio in 2001.

**Martin Cullen abolished Duchas in 2003- leaving the Irish people with no statutory
agency to implement the National Monuments Act.

**In 2004 the NMA was amended to allow for 'Preservation by record' of National Monuments
within 28 sitting days of the Oireachtas- or the 'Granting of Unreviewable discretionary
powers to the sitting Minister of the Environment.

**The Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) 2002 Act allowed Gardai and contractors
sweeping powers in relation to protest (including impounding of vehicles).

**and the SIB finished the thing off , by allowing for a re-structuring of the Irish courts
and Planning System which reduces citizen say and ameliorates the crony developer

It could be called a charter for corruption.

Tara was left unprotected by Irish law and the Protestors faced into criminalisation
and violence for highlighting the abuse of office by the named TD's. The 11 protestors
are facing court again on January the 21st 2008 and the usual support is welcomed.

John Gormley took up the revolving Environment Chair and will probably work hard with
Roche on Lisbon as well. He has refused to meet with the protestors nor to listen to
the EU who have accused the Irish of Breach- his response:- "My Hands are tied".

On the 26th of December 2007 the site of Lismullin was handed over to the NRA,
who are a corporate concern involved in profiteering by tolling our roads. They are also
one of the only employers of archaeological technicians in the state. They head hunt
archaology graduates and offer them four year contracts. There is no job security
involved. They are appointed by the serving Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey
appointed his cousin to the board of the NRA.


Lismullin :- http://www.indymedia.ie/article/85490
Lismullin Breach:- http://www.indymedia.ie/article/85261
EU:- http://www.indymedia.ie/article/83209
Averting our eyes from crime at Tara:- http://www.indymedia.ie/article/82427

Paula Geraghty did the Photos of Lismullin.


Related Link: http://www.savetara.com

Tara images
Tara images

Muireann's arrest
Muireann's arrest

Aerial Art at Tara
Aerial Art at Tara


author by Terry - sacredireland.orgpublication date Sat Dec 29, 2007 17:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Please note sacredireland.org not .com
Walk with us on New Year's Day......... see website for details.
Keep talking.

author by TaraTaraTarapublication date Sun Dec 30, 2007 14:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Lets make '08 the Year it Turned Around :)

There IS a better way. Meath Master Plan and World Heritage Park.

Related Link: http://www.sacredireland.org
author by Mark - it:is:onpublication date Mon Dec 31, 2007 22:24author email tara at itison dot netauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Tara Saga" is a documentary about Tara. It is not been made in the traditional sense in that it is available in the "making of" stage for you to participate with.
The project is to be a transparent piece of work made possible by the collaboration of individuals online. The project has been ongoing for the past five months but is only now live. There is a lot still to be added and the intention is to make it a hub of information which makes it easy for people not familiar with all the details to get a handle on it.

More info is available in the 'info' section.

Please add your voice to this site.


Related Link: http://www.itison.tv/tara.html
author by Different Voicespublication date Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The documentary 'Different Voices' will air tomorrow with an hour long focus on the year in Tara.

Newstalk is a national radio station @ 106 fm.
There is also livestream internet access available:- details http://www.newstalk.ie

The documentary will be broadcast at 7am on Sunday , january the sixth and there will be a repeat
airing at 9pm.


Protest on January 8th at noon, cf :- http://www.tarawatch.org

author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchainpublication date Sun Jan 06, 2008 19:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Talked to the Vigil/Rath Lugh people a little while ago. Construction will begin again in the Valley tomorrow morning. A stand is planned,. it needs to be early. No idea where they will begin construction. If you want to be involved in protests 7th January - early, please ring those who have the information.
I don't want to put detailed information here for the NRA and all in sundry to read!
Ring Vigil phone 086-1758557
Another number: 086-3600478

Related Link: http://www.savetara.com
author by Tara Supportpublication date Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

At the top of this page (in the subtitle) there was a reminder that the fourth in a series of hearings
against the Tara defendants was set for Monday 21st of January 2008. This has been vacated,
defferred and otherwise moved on to another date , which remains unconfirmed.

Solicitor for the campaigners, Michael Finucane attended the court on Monday of this week and
informed the groups that the case would not now be heard until possibly May, the lists will
inform supporters and a note will be put on events as soon as more info is available.


author by dazpublication date Thu Jan 17, 2008 22:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Solicitor for the campaigners, Michael Finucane attended the court on Monday of this week and
informed the groups that the case would not now be heard until possibly May, the lists will
inform supporters and a note will be put on events as soon as more info is available.

Surely this is a load of bollxxxx ,the road will be done by then,we need to up the stakes,this campaign has gone on too long ,the time is now to kick corrupt Bertie ASS,
Need to get more direct action,block the N£3 near TARA,have demos at the dail eireann every day.

time to get physical and in the Govts face.

author by Tara Supportpublication date Fri Jan 18, 2008 09:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

There are multiple strands to the Tara Issue- above in the comments you have detailed
a note that states that the campaigners arrested on July last year have had their fourth
court date defferred. all of these people have been through the ropes in various campaigns.

there are four campaigns-


these have been involved in highlighting legal defecit, corruption problems, direct action
and in monitoring civil rights, ye can go and volunteer to help whichever you like, or can set up a group to 'go and kick bertie's ass' it's entirely up to you.

but don't put bollox under a note on a serious legal issue- its not mannerly....

author by TaraTaraTarapublication date Fri Jan 18, 2008 18:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Following a vicious assault on a female Protester last Monday week, in solidarity with her and others, a number of comrades made official Assault Charges yesterday at Navan Garda Station against Siac and Ferovial workers yesterday.

Up until now, no charges have been made against the Workers but that has all changed and we are hitting back. This is just the beginning. Several more charges are due to follow, all with video and photographic evidence to support .

Let this be a warning to the thugs who have injured, hurt and tried to intimidate the Peaceful Protesters. NO MORE!!!
We have the right to Peacful Protest and we will not back down.



Both of these pics from
Both of these pics from

Soldier's Hill 7-07
Soldier's Hill 7-07

author by Tara Supportpublication date Sat Jan 19, 2008 15:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Keep a log of any attacks on campaigners.

To the Pixies:-

A Note has gone up on the Save Tara site asking for a list of necessary items to be made
and put on 'Pixie' or 'Save Tara' that may be needed on the camp. This is small things,
toiletries, rope, matches, bandages, phone credit etcetera.

Also retain all documentation to do with complaints to Gardai.
best keep them in a safe place . All bits and bobs to do with Health and Safety
issues should be maintained in original forms and filed somewhere safely.

[They comprise a paper trail that is necessary in dealing with the vacated trial, and
courts generally only accept original documentation-though everything should also
be logged by Gardai].


author by TarapiXiepublication date Mon Jan 21, 2008 00:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

and join the fight against the assault on our heritage belief,s and culture.


See link for footage of assaults

Related Link: http://www.livevideo.com/video/0CCB812746C1495CB36E45B4B12C56F3/ardsallagh-toestown-blockade.aspx
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