More than 200 scholars around the world have written to the Government to question the planned construction of the M3 motorway through the Tara/Skryne Valley near the Hill of Tara in Co Meath.

The academics are experts in Celtic Studies, Irish History, Irish Literature, Linguistics, Archaeology and Anthropology. They are based in various European countries, the United States and Canada, Australia and Russia.

The statement stresses the importance of the landscape and the negative impression of Ireland likely to ensue from a decision to build the motorway through this landscape.