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News :: International
Sole NYC Tara Protester carries on alone!
19 Jul 2007
IRISH FREEDOM COMMITTEE® NEWSLIST
Thursday July 19, 2007

Congratulations to NYC IFC member Aoife Rivera Serrano on clearly
articulating the issues despite being the sole protester at the Free
State consulate in NYC last Friday.

For photos from IFC protests at the consulate in Chicago and other
cities please go to http://www.myspace.com/32fields

- The Irish Freedom committee
http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net
SoleNYCTaraProtestor190707.jpg
IRISH FREEDOM COMMITTEE® NEWSLIST
Thursday July 19, 2007
Sole NYC Tara Protester carries on alone!

Congratulations to NYC IFC member Aoife Rivera Serrano on clearly
articulating the issues despite being the sole protester at the Free
State consulate in NYC last Friday.

For photos from IFC protests at the consulate in Chicago and other
cities please go to http://www.myspace.com/32fields

- The Irish Freedom committee
http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net

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http://www.irishabroad.com/news/irish-voice/news/SoleNYCTaraProtestor190
Irish Voice
Sole NYC Tara Protestor
July 19, 2007

By Cahir O’Doherty

CAMPAIGNERS opposed to the new M3 motorway running through the
historic Tara Valley in Co. Meath scheduled a series of demonstrations
in three different countries last Friday.

Tara Watch, the volunteer Irish and British organization established
to highlight what they see as the demolition of an important heritage
sight, held protests outside Leinster House in Dublin and the Irish
Embassy in London.

However, the scheduled New York protest at the Irish Consulate drew
only one protestor, Aoife Rivera Serrano, a Puerto Rican political
activist and member of the New York City Irish Freedom Committee
(http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net).

"Tara belong to the world, not just Ireland, and all citizens of the
world are concerned with it. That’s why demonstrations are taking
place in Dublin, London, Brussels, New York, Chicago and elsewhere,"
Rivera Serrano said.

Noting that the New York protest had been organized via the Save Tara
website on the Internet, Rivera Serrano was obviously disappointed
with the low turnout. She also expressed her concern about the
apparent volt-face made by the new Green Party Minister for the
Environment John Gormley concerning the issue.

"Minister Gormley argues that the M3 route is something that was
planned by the previous Fianna Fail government and that he can’t do
anything about it. What I find fascinating is that when 75% of the
Irish population is telling you that they don’t want this area
desecrated, I don’t understand how they can still proceed with the
plan? It makes no sense to me.

"Tara is a part of the Irish patrimony, but it also belongs to the
world, like Stonehenge for example."

Irish campaigners told the press they are enraged by what they
describe as the Green Party’s unconscionable Irish election pact with
Fianna Fail to agree to the M3 motorway project, and they criticized
the announcement by Gormley that the government will not re-route the
road despite European criticism.

A press representative at the Department of the Environment told the
Irish Voice, "Minister Gormley is constrained by the National
Monuments Act. He had no part of the discussions that selected the
route, which was already decided by the Irish Planning Board. The
local authority and the National Roads Authority had selected the
route before he was minister."

Fergus O’Dowd, opposition party Fine Gael’s spokesperson for the
Environment told the Irish Voice, "We would have preferred an
alterative route, one further away from Tara itself. We were assured
by Irish archeologists however that this route was not of national
significance.

"They were proved wrong on this, but it would not be reasonable to
stop the route at this stage because cars travel bumper to bumper all
day at 10 miles an hour because of lack of infrastructure. Our view is
that the road must proceed."

Darren Delahunty, one of the organizers of the London protest, said:
"Irish people in the U.K. are outraged at the refusal of the Irish
authorities to try and proceed with the road, even when the public are
so against it."
See also:
http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net/
http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net/ACTION_ALERTS/save_tara.htm

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