While the vast majority of farmers and land owners have the greatest respect for our archaeological heritage, often at their own expense, there remain elements in the farming community who believe that they can destroy these sites at will because of the wide spread historic lack of enforcement.
The local Guards refused to act unless requested by the National Monuments Service or the Local Authority. By the time these bodies visited the site, the destruction had been completed.
In a letter to the Minister for the Environment, we have urged that the full weight of the law is brought to bear in this case. The message must go out across Ireland that however few these individuals are, they will not be tolerated and the national heritage will be protected.