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  • Dr. Muireann Ni Bhrolchain
    Have a nice Imbolc - Brigit s Day - everyone. Muireann http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0201/1224263502491.html The Irish Times - Monday,
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      Have a nice Imbolc - Brigit's Day - everyone. Muireann


      The Irish Times - Monday, February 1, 2010
      Slane bypass groups clash over Brú na Bóinne
      COMPETING CAMPAIGN groups have clashed over the building of a bypass
      around Slane, Co Meath.
      A number of fatal and other serious crashes have occurred in Slane and
      on its approach roads in recent years, many of them involving lorries
      that locals claim are diverting through the village to avoid motorway
      tolls on the M1.
      The Bypass Slane Campaign has described as “alarmist and provocative”
      what it described as media comments that the recently announced
      preferred route of the new bypass will run 500 metres from the buffer
      zone around the neolithic site of Newgrange.
      The bypass campaign insisted the proposed route will pass 500 metres
      “from the western boundary of the outer buffer zone of the World
      Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne”.
      The group also said the road was “not about economics or shortening
      journey times by a matter of a few minutes, it is about saving lives”.
      A spokeswoman for the group told The Irish Times the situation was
      different from the M3 motorway close to the Hill of Tara.
      “The key problem with the Tara landscape was that there were no clear
      lines mapping the extent of that archaeological landscape and the expert
      witnesses at the oral hearing failed to agree as to where such a line
      should be drawn,” she said.
      “This is clearly not the case with Brú na Bóinne.
      “The boundaries of the World Heritage Site have been carefully drawn as
      long ago as 1989 to preserve and protect the archaeological landscape in
      the core area, with an additional buffer zone to protect the integrity
      of the river Boyne and the views into and out of the core area.
      “While part of the proposed bypass may be visible from points within the
      World Heritage Site, it is clear that the road lies a significant
      distance outside these boundaries.”
      However, the Save Newgrange campaign has launched an online petition,
      aimed at what it claimed is “ensuring the maximum protection for the
      archaeological ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne World Heritage Site”.
      It said this was in light of the recently published “preferred route” of
      the Slane bypass, which will pass within 500 metres of the site.
      The petition calls on Unesco to place the site on the List of World
      Heritage Sites in Danger and to consider extending the site’s boundary
      to include newly discovered archaeological sites.
      The Irish Times - Monday, February 1, 2010
      Controversy over Slane bypass

      Madam, – As I hail from Co Louth and live in Dublin, I have a vested
      interest in the construction of any bypass that might make the journey
      easier. However, I share the disappointment of Hugh McFadden (January
      29th) at the decision to place the bypass east of Slane village, closer
      than may be necessary to one of only two Unesco world heritage sites in
      the country.
      In assessing the price of convenience, it might be worthwhile to reflect
      on what the late Douglas Adams had to say on the subject: “Bypasses are
      devices that allow some people to dash from point A to point B very fast
      while other people dash from point B to point A very fast. People living
      at point C, being a point directly in between, are often given to wonder
      what’s so great about point A that so many people from point B are so
      keen to get there, and what’s so great about point B that so many people
      from point A are so keen to get there. They often wish that people would
      just once and for all work out where the hell they wanted to be.” –
      Yours, etc,
      Chelmsford Road,
      Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
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