March 2008 – Human Rights and Tara

This month Druids worldwide are focused on two major issues; a human rights case from Saudi Arabia involving a woman sentenced to death for “Witchcraft” and the continuation of the Battle for Tara. Everyone who reads this can help. Here is the first action alert:

URGENT ACTION NEEDED to Halt A Woman’s Execution for ‘Witchcraft’

Please urge the US Senate to call for the immediate pardon and release of Falwah Faliz, a Saudi Arabian woman who has been sentenced to death by beheading for the alleged crime of “witchcraft.”   As Human Rights Watch has declared, the conviction of Fawza Falih  is a travesty of justice.

Read and sign petition to save Fawza Falih’s life.
Further information on the case is available at:

Please contact your own Senators immediately on this issue. Ask them to contact the State Department, the Saudi embassy and King Abdullah and send a message from the US government on her behalf, to spare her life and free her from jail.

Follow this link to find your representative by entering your Zip Code.

And the Battle for Tara is heating up. Here is just a sample of recent press reports;

From Save Tara campaigners:
A statement on behalf of the Rath Lugh Direct Action Camp Muireann Ní Bhrolchláin 087-9249510
(For direct contacts see phone numbers below)

Statement on behalf of the Rath Lugh Direct Action Camp 21st century souterrain

The Protectors at Rath Lugh have planned a Direct Action method used for the first time on protest sites in Ireland. They have dug a tunnel under the route of the M3 directly in front of the Rath Lugh promontory fort in the Gabhra Valley, Co Meath in Ireland.

The Protectors intend to occupy this tunnel and seal themselves inside indefinitely to prevent construction traffic from passing overhead. They are laying their very lives on the line to protect and preserve Tara? ‘²s landscape from the destruction wrought by their own Government.

The Protectors said: ? ‘³We want to draw attention to the continued erosion of the esker by passing construction traffic, hence damaging the base and foundation of the Rath.? ‘´

This is a continuation of their non-violent direct action. The tunnel acts like a souterrain giving the occupant protection and making it very difficult for the enemy to enter.

Rath Lugh Direct Action Camp
For further information ring Derek on 086-845 9279 or Lou on 086-3600478

Link to the video of events 5-6 March at Rath Lugh, Lismullin, Co Meath

Irish Times-8 March 200
‘M3 motorway protesters claim to have entered tunnel under road’
By Harry McGee

CAMPAIGNERS AGAINST the M3 motorway claim they have stepped up their campaign by occupying a tunnel they say they have secretly dug under the proposed route that passes through the Tara Valley in Co Meath. A group calling itself the Rath Lugh Direct Action Camp last night said protesters are already occupying the tunnel and were capable of sealing themselves in. They said that construction traffic passing over the tunnel would leave it vulnerable to collapse.
Derek Berrill, a spokesman for the group which is affiliated to the Save Tara campaign, said the passageway was located in front of the Rath Luth promontory fort in the Gabhra Valley.

“It has been occupied since March 6th. We have moved in because we are never too sure when they plan the next move against us,” said Mr Berrill. He said that work had commenced on the tunnel in secret in August 2007. He would not specify its exact size. “I can say the tunnel is big, although I am not in a position to give the diameter,” said Mr Berrill. “It goes directly down and then goes halfway under the route itself, crossing about halfway across [the width of the proposed] motorway.”

The protesters say they intend to occupy the tunnel indefinitely to prevent construction traffic from passing overhead. They say they also want to draw attention to what they say is continued erosion of the landscape from construction traffic. Mr Berrill said they were “absolutely certain” that the tunnel itself
would not cause damage. Michael Egan of the National Roads Authority said there was no independent verification as yet that any tunnel had been built. Entering a caveat that protesters have claimed actions in the past that did not materialise, Mr Egan said that if a tunnel had been dug then the contractor, and if necessary the Garda S? ¦íoch? ¦ána, would have to deal  with the situation.

“They have no right to be on that property. They are trespassing above and below the ground,” he said. The Department of Environment said it had no reason to believe that any activity close to Rath Lugh was endangering or damaging the monument. Minister for the Environment John Gormley’s spokesman said that issues
surrounding the construction of the road were matters for the Department of Transport and the authority.

The spokesman said that Mr Gormley yesterday signed a permanent protection order for the Rath Lugh promontory fort – until now it has been protected by a temporary order. This order, he said, was a coincidence unrelated to yesterday’s development.
He added that the department was unaware as to the existence of a tunnel for more go to savetara.com or Indymedia Ireland

How YOU can help Tara:

  • On Saint Patrick’s Day (or any day of the year!), why not make a call to the Irish Embassy in New York (212) 319-2555 and another to the Irish Tourist Board in New York (212) 418-0800 and tell them how you feel about Tara and the road. (People in other parts of the world can do the same by looking up the Irish Embassy where they happen to be).

I called the embassy about six months ago and the woman I spoke with didn’t seem to have a clue what I was prattling on about. Perhaps by now they will have some idea.

A short readable history of archaeology and history of Tara – from the expert Dr Edel Bhreathnach.

All blessings of the Spring Equinox and a very happy “Bring Back The Snakes Day” (March 17) !

Ellen