Thank you for continuing to support Save Newgrange in 2011. If you want to be active, we need you to write letters to the papers, to keep the debate going.
TRANSPORT COMMITTEE HEARINGS IN FEBRUARY
We are off to a strong start to the year, after a a meeting with Labour Spokesman on Transport, Joe Costello, TD last Tuesday. We attended the meeting with our friends in the Alternative A5 Alliance in Northern Ireland and Dont Bypass the Bypass in Monaghan. The Slane bypass is part of a larger plan to build a new road from Dublin to Derry, and the other groups are protesting against it in their respective communities. At the meeting we asked Mr Costello to try and get us into the Transport Committee, and he succeeded in doing so the very next day. Hearings into the road will take place some time in February. The Irish Times published a story on Thursday on it:
'Welcome for public hearings into plans for Dublin-Derry road'
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AN BORD PLEANALA ORAL HEARING EXPECTED IN MARCH/APRIL
An Bord Plaeanala is yet to announce the date of the oral hearing, but it is expected shortly. This was confirmed in an article in the Meath Chronicle this week. If you have any concerns you want us to raise, just drop a line on Facebook
SLANE BRIDGE WALL COLLAPSE
Very strange things are happening to the existing Slane bridge. This week a the Meath Chronicle reports: Investigation into Slane Bridge after wall collapse
This comes a few months AFTER the bridge was closed by the Council last July:
'Council to close Slane Bridge for structural investigation'
With Cllr Wayne Harding of Fianna Fail out electioneering on the back of it this week, and using it to argue that the bypass must be speeded up, one can only wonder... Please write letters to:
PUBLIC CONSULTATION FOR A5
The Irish Government committed to giving 500m to the Northern Ireland authorities, for that section of the Dublin to Derry road. Public consultation is currently under way on the route, and the closing date is Jan 21. Anyone can make a submission, and it is free. For more information, please visit http://www.alternativea5alliance.com/
If the A5 is cancelled, then there is no justification for the massive bridge and dual carriageway beside Newgrange.
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