WHILE Dáil debates are often duller than ditchwater and generally fail to address questions of importance such as why do Co Meath councillors still claim there were 32 houses in the way of the M3 route outside the valley when the environmental impact statement gave it a positive rating for ‘residential and private property impact’?
NOW that the EU is pursuing legal action against the State for the Government’s failure to assess the true impact of the planned route for the M3, how can Ireland’s political leaders fail also to weigh the prospect of EU fines as well as the serious damage to a priceless heritage against the costs of a better route?
I WISH to ask those people who have previously favoured routing the proposed M3 through the Tara valley to reconsider their position and support a re-route of the motorway and the establishment of a Tara Valley World Heritage Park, as set forth by the drafters of the Meath masterplan.
I WOULD like to suggest to the NRA and Meath County Council that the report of the EU Petitions Committee is not as they claim: an EU confirmation “that they have behaved entirely properly throughout this process”. They are twisting the words to suit themselves.