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Irish Independent: 'Ill-conceived' bill threatens heritage sites

Irish Independent

Save Tara!

IMPORTANT archaeological sites, including Ireland's oldest Viking settlement, will be threatened if the Government's proposed amendment to the National Monuments Bill is passed, heritage activists said yesterday.

Campaigners for Waterford's Viking remains, Trim Castle and Clondalkin's round tower and other sites staged a united protest at Dail Eireann against the emergency legislation.

They were joined by Green Party leader Trevor Sargent and Sinn Fein MEP Mary Lou McDonald.

The campaigners have called on members of all political parties to oppose the bill, which is due to be debated in the Dail today.

Spokesman for the Save Tara Skreen Valley Group, Vincent Salafia, said that if the amendment is passed into law, it "will open the floodgates for any heritage site to be interfered with by the Government".

Mr Salafia added that it was "another arrogant attempt by Mr Cullen to force through an ill-conceived piece of legislation". Campaigners also
claim it breaches the European Convention on the Protection of Archaeological Heritage.

Grainne Cunningham
Posted by otuathail3
19th June 2004ce
Edited 12th April 2006ce

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