Open letter sent to John Gormley today by Kathy Sinnott MEP and to be
distributed as widely as possible.
Dear John Gormley
At our meeting on Wednesday 27^th June, you told the petitions committee
that you would make the entire Tara file public. I as vice president of
the committee and my fellow members have been waiting to receive a copy,
but as yet you have not provided one.
When do you intend to do this? Had it been done sooner we would have
known that the government has been put on notice by the European
Commission that the Environmental Impact Assessment for the whole M3
project is no longer valid thus making it unlawful.
Further, the European Commission has informed you it is challenging the
National Monuments Act on which the continuation of the M3 project in
its present route is based. Had you opened the file as promised and in a
timely manner rather than leaving me to unearth the truth only recently,
the public would have discovered that the government is in the European
Court of Justice this autumn over the current illegality of the M3
project and clearly road works should be halted until the ECJ makes its
ruling. The NRA would also have been unable to claim ignorance of the
illegality of the project as they are currently doing.
With this in mind, I must demand that you open the entire Tara/M3 file
to the public as promised and that you do so now. In the interest of the
transparency and dedication to our environment we all hoped your party
would bring to this government, I insist that you release the Tara/M3
file to the public, the petitions committee and to me.
Tara is a treasure which cannot be replaced, I would have hoped that you
would move heaven and earth to preserve it. If you are willing to
sacrifice Tara, what hope have we of preserving anything else?
Yours in hope
*Kathy Sinnott MEP*