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16 July 2006
Tara protesters told to move

Protestors who have been camping on the Hill of Tara (Ireland) since the Summer Solstice on June 21, have been ordered to leave by the Office of Public Works (OPW), according to protest group TaraWatch. The protestors are trying to highlight opposition to the M3 motorway that will pass through the Tara archaeological complex, in the Tara / Skryne Valley.
     "This action being taken by the OPW is outrageous. The Hill of Tara belongs to the people of Ireland," said Tarawatch political affairs officer Siobhan Rice. "These people are camping peacefully on the top of the Hill of Tara. They are not interfering with any works, and should be allowed to remain."
     TaraWatch is calling on the public to support their peaceful demonstration, which is taking place on the roughly 100 acres of publicly-owned land atop the Hill of Tara, near the Sloping Trenches.
     Excavations are currently under way on 38 archaeological sites between Navan and Dunshaughlin. The excavations, approved by Minister for Heritage Dick Roche on May 4, 2005, are now the subject of a Supreme Court case. The hearing date will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Source: Breaking News.ie (14 July 2006)

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