Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD has called on the Irish government “to accept the need to establish a revolutionary quarter in an around the Moore Street National Monument which protects an area already acknowledged as the most important modern historic site in Ireland”.
The Sinn Féin leader as also called on the government to produce “a comprehensive and visionary centenary programme for 1916 that reclaims the spirit of that time, matches the historic significance of the event, and embraces all of the men, women and children of this island in a citizens celebration of Irish freedom and independence.”
Gerry Adams said:
“Regrettably, the approach of the Fine Gael/Labour government to the celebration of the centenary of 1916 has been to try and dumb down that revolutionary period. It has adopted a minimalist centenary programme.
“This is most evident in its plans for the Moore Street historic monument. The lanes surrounding Moore Street, which are synonymous with the 1916 Easter Rising, are to be bull dozed and covered by a mall.
“The government’s proposal to turn 14-17 Moore Street into an interpretative centre are inadequate and fail to match the reality that this is the most important historic site in modern Irish history. The rest of the terrace is to be demolished.
“Moore Street is where the GPO garrison retreated to after the destruction of the GPO; it is where The O Rahilly was killed; it’s where the 1916 Leaders last met and agreed the surrender to the British forces. The green outside of the Rotunda is also where many of GPO garrison where held under guard by the British before being marched off to prisons and prison camps, and it was from there that Pádraig Pearse and James Connolly and Tom Clarke and others were taken for court martial and execution.
“In any other state these laneways of history would be preserved and would be a vital place of remembrance and pilgrimage.
“That is what the government should be doing instead of kowtowing to a developer. The entire Moore Street battlefield site should be developed and protected as a national monument.
“This would be a fitting centre piece for the centenary and an economic boost to the north inner city as well as a prestigious international educational and a tourist facility.
“It would therefore serve the government better if it produced a comprehensive and visionary centenary programme for 1916 that reclaims the spirit of that time, matches the historic significance of the event, and embraces all of the men, women and children of this island in a citizens’ celebration of Irish freedom and independence.”