Dangers of Dublin Port Tunnel revealed

February 29, 2008

Caroline here, with news on the Dublin Port Tunnel.

Last night’s Prime Time on RTÉ 1 featured a report on the recent closures of the Dublin Port Tunnel.

The National Roads Authority plans to sue the contractor KBR as a result of these closure. The report revealed that there have been regular technical failures in the tunnel which have not been brought to light. Read the rest of this entry »


Lismullen Woods near the Hill of Tara now under threat from M3 Motorway

February 27, 2008

Lismullen Newsflash: 26th February 2008

Diggers and chainsaws are in operation on an unexcavated medieval souterrain at Lismullen Woods near the Lismullin Henge, close to the Hill of Tara, in Ireland. This is one of a possible six underground stone structures within 150 metres of the Lismullen Henge, which was handed over to the contractors, SIAC / Ferrovial, in late 2007.

More protestors, archaeologists, and the media are needed on site. Read the rest of this entry »

Planned Closure of Valentia / Malin Radio Marine Radio Stations

February 21, 2008

Valentia Island is located in County Kerry on the south west coast, at the point where the first trans-Atlantic cable was brought ashore from Newfoundland, a considerable maritime and technological achievement in the 1860s. It ushered in the era of communications across the oceans. Valentia island is Ireland’s principal maritime coastal radio station, which is the Irish Coastguard’s channel of marine communications. In 2007 to date more than 600 people can thank Valentia Coastguard for the fact that they are alive and in 2004 it was involved in some 3,000 rescue call-outs. However, both stations have a wider significance. Read the rest of this entry »

Shell & Statoil will Drill off Donegal from March / April 2008

February 18, 2008

Donegal campaign group MAOR recently expressed concern at Shell and Statoil’s plans to carry out exploratory drilling off the Donegal Coast.

From March 2008, Shell plan to conduct exploratory drilling off the North West coast of Donegal (Gaoth Dobhair, Tory Island), while Statoil intend to carry out drilling off the South West Donegal Coast (Glencolumbcille & Killybegs) from April 2008. MAOR state that Ireland will lose billions of euros worth of resources while facing similar environmental, health and safety issues as the community in Rossport, Co. Mayo. MAOR claim that the people of Ireland have had no say as to how their natural resources are being used and a referendum is urgently needed before more of Ireland’s natural resources are given away. Read the rest of this entry »

Study to investigate Avoca mining area

February 18, 2008

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan T.D., is conducting a wide-ranging study to investigate the impacts of past mining activity and develop rehabilitation and long-term management options for the Avoca mining site. Read the rest of this entry »

Position Paper – 15th February 2008: Digging Machinery operating at Lismullen

February 16, 2008

Digging machinery appeared on the 6th February 2008 at the Lismullin National Monument near the Hill of Tara in Ireland as attempts began to fill in the Henge in advance of Irish and European Court decisions about the decision to demolish the Lismullen Henge. (http://www.indymedia.ie/article/86111) Read the rest of this entry »

Digging Machinery at the Lismullen Henge

February 13, 2008

According to a report published on indymedia Ireland on the 6th Febuary 2008, digging machinery has appeared at the Lismullin Henge.

A new High Court action that aims to protect the 2,000 year-old Lismullin National Monument near the Hill of Tara was taken on the 5th February 2008. The semicircular enclosure at Lismullen, about four miles south of Navan on the existing N3, lies across the northbound lane of the controversial new M3 motorway. It is 80 metres in diameter, dates from between 380BC and 520BC, and may be some kind of ceremonial site. Read the rest of this entry »