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AIMS OF THE TARA SKRYNE PRESERVATION GROUP
  1. As recognised stakeholders in the compilation of the Tara Skryne Landscape Conservation Area Plan, as proposed through Meath County Council 2010, the Tara Skryne Preservation Group remain committed to its implementation, despite a local campaign by politicians of fear mongering and misinformation which resulted in the Project being shelved before it even reached voting stage. (see Press Release below)
  2. TSPG is committed to engaging with authorities both Local and National on the upkeep and maintenance of the site as well as promoting a positive and educational experience for visitors to Tara. Our aims in this regard e.g. Holy Wells, tree husbandry, signage etc. are outlined in our submission to the Conservation Plan for the Hill of Tara.
  3. TSPG recognises that Tara is foremost a sacred site. 76 different religions and spiritual paths were recorded as having paid pilgrimage to Tara 2007-2009, showing that Tara remains a spiritual destination for many even in our modern world. Central to many of these faiths is the concept of Ceremonial Fire. This has been the case from the Rig Veda to the Aztecs and indeed is well documented in our own indigenous legacy. We call for Ceremonial Fire to be legitimately allowed on the Hill of Tara. TSPG believes in the rights of people to worship, as is enshrined in Bunreacht na hÉireann, the Irish Constitution. We request that an allotted space be provided where Ceremonial Fires may legitimately be kindled during religious/ spiritual festivals throughout the year.
  4. TSPG calls for the recovery of the human remains unearthed during excavations of the M3 Motorway from the National Museum of Ireland. We wish to have the remains reinterred as close as possible to their original resting places. This call received the backing of the World Archaeological Congress in 2008. We wish for the historical artifacts retrieved during excavations to be displayed at a suitable location in County Meath. 
  5. TSPG continues to reiterate our call for the Irish Government to amend the National Monuments Act without further delay. The current act does not give adequate protection to historical and archaeologically significant sites and landscapes. We look forward to inspecting the relevant proposed amendments which are due online by the end of this year.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE Fri Jun 18, 2010


To whom it concerns,

The Tara Skryne Preservation Group would like to register our deep distress at recent radio and newspaper reports of local Meath Co. Councillors rallying against the implementation of the Tara Skryne Landscape Conservation Area Plan. A campaign of scaremongering and misinformation is being perpetrated by FF, FG and Independent councillors through which allegations of land sterilisation, eviction and non provision for Planning of one off housing has been instigated. The Draft Plan is to go before the Council on 5th July 2010 for voting.

Several Meath Councillors including Shane Mc Entee TD FG , Mary Wallace TD FF and Nick Killian FF are, in our opinion, misrepresenting the facts which can be seen clearly outlined in the Tara Skryne Landscape Conservation Area Plan located on Meath County Council’s website. The Plan contains more than adequate reassurances on these very same issues.

This is scandalous and reprehensible behaviour unbecoming of elected representatives who are supposed to be working for the good of the community. Instead of informing and educating locals whose fears over the implementation of the Plan are intensifying, they have been encouraging opposition to it with misinformation, inaccuracies and innuendo at a series of meetings in Tara Skryne, on LMFM Radio and in local newspaper interviews.

This is the first Landscape Conservation Plan to be drawn up anywhere in this country and was first announced by Dick Roche the Minister for Environment in 2005. It was later endorsed by Meath Councillors and included in the Meath County Development Plan 2007-2013. Many consultative meetings have taken place since then with locals, stakeholders and experts in various fields yet it is only recently that objections have been raised and all before the deadline for submissions had even been reached. This suggests that the voices of those who prepared submissions for the Wednesday 16th June deadline will not be taken into account by these publicly elected Politicians even before the planning process has been concluded.

The Tara Skryne Preservation Group fully supports the principles outlined in the Plan believing it will be of great benefit to the local community by preserving the landscape rich in history and heritage for future generations, as well as promoting Meath as a Tourism and Heritage destination.


We ask that the Meath Co Council team involved with this project, The Heritage Council and the Dept. of the Environment assuage mounting fears amongst locals by counteracting the concerted campaign of negative propaganda which is currently in full sway. We can only assume that the real fears spreading in the community are being fueled by developers etc. in reaction to the prospect of a drop in revenue from not being able to proceed with inappropriate development within the Tara Skryne Valley.


The Tara Skryne Preservation Group calls on our more responsible Politicians to take the lead, to do what is right by coming forward to support the Plan for the present and future good of all.

Is mise le meas
Carmel Diviney
Secretary
TSPG