Minister for Heritage has Stripped Moore St of its National Monument Status – Tóibín
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Peadar Tóibín TD, has raised the issue of Moore Street with the Taoiseach in the Dáil today.
Speaking just a few hours after the decision by the Court of Appeal today, which overturned the Max Barrett judgement that the Moore St Battlefield site in its entirety was a National Monument, An Teachta Tóibín stated;
“Moore Street is the birth place of the Irish Republic. The buildings, streets, and lanes of the area are the real physical connection between our generation and the men and women of 1916.
“Located just off O’Connell Street, the Moore Street area is ideally located to become the epicentre of the new vibrant historical, cultural and trading quarter. However, due inaction by this government, it is derelict and has been sterilised by years of legal cases.
“The former Minister of Heritage has, by her actions, stripped Moore Street of its National Monument status, possibly opening it up to massive commercial development by a British developer.
“Taoiseach, will you do the right thing? The judgement stated that it is a matter of pure policy, solely for the legislature to decide. Will you ensure that your Minister declares the whole of the battlefield site as a National Monument? If you don’t, we will introduce legislation here in the coming weeks to do just that.”