This was all we needed to see that Minister Gormley has no great ability to think about people's lives, let alone their dreams of a better life, or their interests in the history of their antecedents, forbears and noble ancient communities.
have been unable for thirty years, because of the
Troubles, to build up their infrastructure that was very
limited, like many small villages throughout Ireland. The
Government during the last five years have been showing a
firm resistance to hundreds of extended families
throughout Ireland, choosing to live in the vicinity of
their birth places. The Government have a plan to build
up certain areas and sink their development grants in
housing estates that have no individual input into
architectural choices or geographic planning. Estates
where they can get all the domestic facilities easily and
possibly more cheaply built as a cohesive part of their
Plans. Those villages in the northern borderlands for
thirty years have not even been able to get any value for
their land - houses and lands were not sold
advantageously for any but the speculator because of
doubts and fears about the safety of tenure in relation
to the northern Troubles. Now, just as peace is atlast
declared in the North we see that Minister Gormley is
going to cheat those people out of the development they
rightly deserve. The sight of himself on TV hovering in a
gentleman's fashion round the angry County Councillors
and planner's offices was sickening.
Yesterday,August 27th,Minister John Gormley made a statement on this latter possibility. He "pledges", if you please, that for this affair, after taking the advice of the Heritage Council that he will respect their advice and assures us that "The decision on theM3 (Road route) was taken in 2003. I am the Minister in place now, and I have to (!!) take decisionsnow on how to protect our heritage. " The idea is to designate Tara as a landscape conservation area ...."that is the only way to ensure that we do not attract unnecessary development allong the M3"
Can we pause
now to reflect on the difference between necessary and
Please visit http://www.myspace.com/hilloftara to see a brilliant series of slides relating to this matter.
questions should be asked in the National Museum as to
what sort of disgrace our Archaeologists are now prepared
to bear in addition to the Wood Quay affair that wiped
out what was probably the most unique and thorough
example of a Viking Settlement to be found in Europe.
Exactly as this site in Tara shelters an even older
History of Irish life.
The importance of Tara is the historical fact that this area permits us to study the echoes of our extraordinary history in Ireland where the traditions of legal and tribal regulations were celebrated at a very early stage in man's development. Early, during the first stages of this road contract a village was discovered - up to that moment no village sites had ever been found in the vicinity as the entire area was supposedly given over to ritual celebrations as above. This village should have created enormous interest but actually only a few small artefacts were removed and the entire settlement destroyed. Infact it was known from texts that tribes passed as much as a month in the vicinity, hosted there before preceding down to the south. And it was ofcourse in such a village that materials could perhaps have been found to confirm this.However the Irish Government favoured vandalism that should have allerted everyone to the present activities. Wood Quay set a precedent that named and shamed Irish historians. Evidently academics whom we have assumed to have power as namers and shakers are in fact entirely impotent. Will another Tara Watch march, insidiously called "Love Tara", with a few hundred, if more than one hundred, pass through Dublin streets, chanting words like silly children, instead of the passage of hundreds of adults and children walking in the silence of shame ? Jocelyn Braddell, editor