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1 July 2006
Hearing Date for Hill of Tara M3 case postponed

The setting of a hearing date in the Hill of Tara / M3 motorway case was postponed by the Irish Chief Justice, the Hon. Mr. Justice John Murray. He said he will set a hearing date after written submissions were received by The Attorney General, The Minister for the Environment, Meath County Council, and the National Roads Authority, due on 24th July.
     Gerard Hogan, SC, Counsel for the Appellant, Mr. Vincent Salafia, asked for an early hearing date to be set, since he had given undertakings in the High Court that he would do so. Chief Justice Murray questioned whether there was any urgency in the case, since there is no injunction in place and no stoppage of works. Counsel for Meath County Council argued that there as a 'considerable shadow' hanging over the project in relation to the public private partnership contract, which cannot be signed until the matter is through the courts.

Source: TaraWatch Press Release (29 June 2006)

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