The plan to route a new road through Turoe & Knocknadala
(August 31st 2003)

     
  It is understood that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approach being used in connection with the planned new section of the N6 Roadway Upgrade scheduled to go through the Turoe & Knocknadala area of East Galway may be very heavily flawed in a number of ways; and, that as a consequence, this particular section of the planned new road is almost certainly in breach of the law relating to EU Directive 97/11/EC.

Under the leading headline on the front page of the August 22nd 2003 edition of the Connacht Tribune Newspaper, it is stated: "Galway County Council has confirmed the Galway to Ballinasloe and Ballinasloe to Athlone sections of the N6 upgrade will go to the Compulsory Purchase Order stage by the end of the year" - which is now a mere 4 months away.

If it were to go ahead, it is believed that much of what's left (around Turoe and Knocknadala) of the Iron Age Celtic monuments mentioned in Fr Tom O'Connor's new book titled "Turoe & Athenry: Ancient Celtic Capitals of Ireland" will be COMPLETELY destroyed.  For further information on these heritage sites, please visit: http://www.turoeandathenry.com/

Some of the difficulties connected with the faulty EIA procedure referred to above were outlined in the "Telling it like it is" publication distributed at the United Nations Earth Summit Conference 2002 in Johannesburg last year.  A link to the document in question can be found in the next section down.

 
     
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"Telling it like it is" PDF File

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The article relating to the planned new road which is at present set to go right through the middle of the Turoe & Knocknadala area comes under the heading "Sorry, you've sent that in the wrong envelope" section of the "Telling it like it is" file (at Page 14).

 
     
     
 

Some media articles relating to Earth Summit 2002 and "Telling it like it is":

     
  "The Minister for the Environment, Mr Cullen, is expected to arrive at the summit tomorrow to take charge of the 30-strong Irish delegation, in advance of the arrival next weekend of the Taoiseach, Mr Ahern, and other European leaders."
The Irish Times (Monday, August 26th 2002).  Full text at:
http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/front/2002/0826/2300492488HM1EARTH.html
 
     

http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.net/print.php?sid=52

 
     
 

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Earth+Summit+2002+Prime+Minister+Ahern&btnG=Google+Search  

     
 

EU Directive 97/11/EC:

 http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/eia/full-legal-text/9711.htm

Please Note: Point 3, in Annex IV makes direct reference to heritage matters.

 
     
     
 

NATIONAL MONUMENTS (AMENDMENT) ACT 1994

http://www.bailii.org/ie/legis/num_act/nma1994304/

Section 12:
http://www.bailii.org/ie/legis/num_act/nma1994304/s12.html

 
     
 
 

CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/justice_home/unit/charte/index_en.html


CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS:

http://conventions.coe.int/treaty/en/Treaties/Html/005.htm


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