Conor Newman, one of the leading experts on Tara and a strong critic of the M3 motorway, has been appointed the new chairman of the Heritage Council by Minister for the Environment John Gormley. He advised the Minister on the Lismullin henge site near Tara, writes Frank McDonald.
Mr Newman, who lectures in archaeology at the National University of Ireland Galway, has been appointed for a five-year period in succession to Fianna Fail appointee Dr Tom O'Dwyer. The new chairman is an expert on the archaeology of the 4th-6th century transition from pagan to Christian Ireland. He was also director of the State-funded Discovery Programme's Tara Survey.