Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the decision of An Taoiseach to meet today with relatives of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation in relation to the Moore Street battlefield site.
Speaking this evening Gerry Adams said:
“I welcome the fact that the Taoiseach met with the relatives today. There is widespread concern regarding the future of the Moore Street 1916 battlefield site as we approach the 100th anniversary of the Rising.
“This is a national monument of huge historical significance which must be properly preserved and restored for future generations of Irish citizens.
“It has yet to be fully surveyed by independent experts. The threat to demolish a significant section of the historic battlefield site to make way for a shopping centre is wrong and will be rejected by Irish citizens.
“The relatives were accompanied today by technical experts who briefed the Taoiseach on new archaeological discoveries not previously uncovered by An Board Pleanála or the former Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan.
“I am glad that the Taoiseach has agreed to facilitate a meeting between the relatives of the Signatories of the Proclamation and the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humpheys to discuss the new findings as a matter of urgency.”