In a recent general election in Ireland no party won an outright majority, and therefore in the last weeks, coalition negotiations have been taking place to form a government between the pro-motorway biggest party, Fianna Fail, and the small Green Party. The Green party has always been an absolute supporter of Tara, insisting that the M3 motorway should be re-routed away from the Tara valley. They have raised the issue again and again with great integrity, they have consistently shown themselves to be a party with a political conscience. Officials from the party even stood at Tara in solidarity with the protesters, blocking the path of motorway construction machinery.
And then they got the chance of power.
They have now abandoned Tara, along with many other of their pre-election promises. And what they’ve gained in return are two places in a pro-motorway government.