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Dublin's new M50 C-ring orbital motorway is to plough ahead after the Irish High Court threw out an appeal to protect an ancient castle. Protesters had demanded a judicial review into Minister for the Environment Martin Cullen's decision last month to allow demolition of the medieval ruins at Carrickmines, which stand in the motorway's path (NCE 21 February 2002).

Figures released by the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland this week, reveal that 150 people were killed on roads in the province during 2003.

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