Planning & Environment

Battlefield Ireland

As those opposing the decision on the route of the M3 motorway gear up for a last, desperate fight over the Tara-Skryne valley, William Hederman revisits some of the major struggles to save Ireland's heritage during the past half century.



More academics oppose Goverment over Tara

Over three hundred academics have now petitioned the Government to reverse the decision to route the M3 motorway through the Tara/Skryne Valley. They include a large number of prominent academics from Britain, the United States and other foreign countries.


Searching for sustainable forests

  • 28 April 2005
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A campaign to combat plantation-style forestry in Ireland has been launched by the Woodland League, an organisation that aims to restore the relationship between communities and their native woodlands.


An Appeal for Reason From the Government

The following statement is an expression of the worldwide concern about the routing of the M3 through the Tara/Skryne Valley. It stresses the importance of the landscape and the negative impression of Ireland likely to ensue from a decision to build the motorway through this landscape. It was issued on 30 March 2005

From High Kings to Hiaces

More intrigue in the Valley of the Kings as possible archaeological trenches are dug with fears that it is to prepare the way for the new bypass through the Tara/Skyrne valley. Emma Browne reports


Not so safe Sellafield

  • 25 February 2005
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Sellafield has an excellent visitors' centre, but its security and accountancy are not up to standard. Tom Farrell reports on the state of the British nuclear industry and its impact on Ireland


A RAPID deception by the Government

  • 12 November 2004
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Three years ago the Government committed almost €2 billion to help regenerate disadvantaged communities. The communities are still waiting, Hilary Curley reports