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category meath | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Saturday March 22, 2008 17:02author by Paula Geraghtyauthor email mspgeraghty at yahoo dot ie Report this post to the editors

"I saw the worst destruction, all in the name of construction" Squeek on Thursday's activities by the in the name of the NRA.

Listen to the full interview on the down loadable mp3 file, exactly 4 minutes long.

This is the unstable esker material people keep refering to.
This is the unstable esker material people keep refering to.

Friday morning was brusque and cold. Indymedia had seen a rage of reports from first hand accounts about the ensuing madness which happened last Thursday along the route of the proposed M3 when Garda intimidation reached new heights by having 3 vans (when only 10 protesters were present) and were searching the camp for anything incriminating to tar residents there further in the meejia (more in Sqeek's interview).

It was quieter the following day. I was there before most were up.The police presence kept to a minimum and an eclectic mix of contract workers, quite obviously wishing they were somewhere else by their attire of face masks. Friday saw contractors dismantling and discarding a temporary fence over the rather rusty new fence, leaving some parts of the esker on non NRA land rather dangerous. Work on the route was relentless, the constant sound of machinery droning on oppressed the ears. There must be a bonus to get things 'sorted' by the weekend.

Road works were happening on the road from the N3 to the site entrace. Those small country roadsides had been mashed up by the heavy machinery and now the edges were being filled in with hardcore.

The interview with Squeek/Lisa Feeney tells it's own tale. You can make up your own mind.

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Rathlugh woods, so beautiful.
Rathlugh woods, so beautiful.

At a camp fire
At a camp fire





audio indymedia_interview_with_squeek.mp3 1.41 Mb
author by KOMpublication date Sat Mar 22, 2008 17:51Report this post to the editors

Viewers may also be interested to listen to her interview last Wednesday on Radio 1. [ Editors: No adverts included ]

Length: 9:10
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audio RTE Radio 1 Interview with Squeek - 19th March 2008 8.41 Mb
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author by TaraWatchpublication date Sun Mar 23, 2008 00:03Report this post to the editors

Interview with professor George Eogan on Rath Lugh national monument, Hill of Tara.

March 21 2008.

The National Roads Authority have just erected a metal fence, to keep protesters from interfering with M3 motorway construction works, which are directly impacting the Rath Lugh national monument, and severing the archaeological complex.

Professor George Eogan

Director of Knowth Research Project and Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, University College, DublinGeorge Eogan (Ph.D., Trinity College, Dublin) is a leading expert in the archaeology of Ireland, with particular interest in the Neolithic and Late Bronze Ages. He is the Director of the Knowth Research Project and has been excavating at Knowth for more than 40 years as part of his investigation of the Passage Tomb builders in Ireland and Western Europe. Professor Eogan is a native of Ireland and has taught and lectured extensively on the country’s archaeology. Now Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, University College, Dublin, his archaeological research has led to approximately 90 papers and nine books, including The Accomplished Art: Gold and Gold-working in Britain and Ireland During the Bronze Age (Oxbow Books, 1994), Knowth and the Passage Tombs of Ireland (Thames and Hudson, 1986), and (with M. Herity) Ireland in Prehistory (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977).

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author by And what aboutpublication date Sun Mar 23, 2008 16:11Report this post to the editors

with Tara expert Conor Newman, recorded last year

author by nonepublication date Mon Mar 24, 2008 21:15Report this post to the editors

Brian Duffy, chief archaeologist of the Department of the Environment, was
appointed to his post even though he has only a general BA degree in archaeology
and no track record of archaeological excavations or publications, The Irish
Times has established.

"He has never directed an archaeological excavation and has no experience in
that area whatsoever, though he might have participated in one as a student 30
years ago. He also got his BA long before landscape archaeology became an
important area of research."

Prof Waddell said Mr Duffy's "incomprehensible lack of knowledge of what
constitutes an archaeological landscape" was evident in the advice he gave
Minister for the Environment Dick Roche on the plan to route the M3 motorway
through the Tara-Skryne valley in Co Meath. "In failing to address the question
that the Tara landscape constitutes an archaeological area . . . the chief
archaeologist, the department and the Minister failed in their duty of care in
respect of the country's heritage," he said in an affidavit for the High Court
case on the M3.

author by TaraTaraTarapublication date Tue Mar 25, 2008 16:46Report this post to the editors

Very moving interview with Prof. George Eogan. I happened to be present during another interview with him at Lismullin by an Independent Film Maker ( Documentary yet to be aired) at the time of the discovery of the Lismullin Stone. At the time he was quite happy with the Archaeology and had no particular comment against the NRA or Govt Policy.

Good to see he has changed his mind.

The Lismullin Stone
The Lismullin Stone

author by nonepublication date Tue Mar 25, 2008 19:08Report this post to the editors

so that's not true what you said he may have been happy with how the preservation by record/dismantling of lismullin was being carried out but he never wanted the road to go through their in the first place.

author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchainpublication date Wed Mar 26, 2008 00:09Report this post to the editors

He also signed the statement in 2005
under E.
Of course he was against this route - just that the media interest was not quite the same back then ...

author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchainpublication date Wed Mar 26, 2008 00:34Report this post to the editors

See here:

author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchainpublication date Wed Mar 26, 2008 00:36Report this post to the editors

Just to show what happened in the past:

author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchainpublication date Wed Mar 26, 2008 00:40Report this post to the editors

So much has gone on since this first was proposed in 2000. Most of the opposition has gone unnoticed by the media, and as a result, those more recently involved.
January 24, 2005
Keep scrolling down - and you will reach this little piece.

* On Wednesday the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment heard from eminent archaeologists who were very unhappy with the proposed route of the M3 near the Hill of Tara. Professor George Eogan, the man who carried out the major excavation at Newgrange, considered the choice of route a very odd decision and Dr Edel Breathnach, one of three academics who had been researching Tara for the last 14 years, claimed that the road will "destroy this immensely important landscape". She also argued that this particular route will lead to protracted delays and significant extra costs due to archaeological work and court actions.


author by TaraTaraTarapublication date Wed Mar 26, 2008 17:50Report this post to the editors

I didnt say he was pro the route going through the Valley, what I said was that he wouldnt comment for the Independent Film interview that day. He also feigned ignorance of the fact that it was the Rath Lugh protesters who brought the Lismullin Stone to Public attention. He "seemed " unaware of the protest at all that day , or at least that was the impression he wanted to leave us with. It's on film and there are other witnesses. I do not detract from his expertise or his committment to Archaeology , that is there in evidence with decades. Indeed he is a lovely man whom I would never wish to insult and I am also well aware of his stance from previous reports.

That is why I am glad he has spoken out in the above interview, from the heart, standing on Rath Lugh surveying the destruction. It is a moving piece of film. Sorry if I was misunderstood or unclear in my expression. Thanks.

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