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An Bord Pleannala is the last line of defence for Moore Street National Monument – Morgan

23 April, 2009


Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan today made a representation to the Appeal Hearing on the development which threatens the National Monument at 16 Moore Street. Speaking at the hearing Deputy Morgan said An Bord Pleannala is the last line of defence between the National Monument on Moore Street and the developers who are seeking to destroy it.

Deputy Morgan said, "The historical importance of the 1916 Rising should be put in context. Without the Rising we would not be here. There would be British Civil Servants sitting here. I would not be TD for Louth. I certainly would not be the Right Honourable Member for Louth.

"An Bord Pleanalla is the last line of defence between this National monument which was the headquarters of the Provisional Government as announced in 1916 and the developers who are seeking to destroy it.

"The British Army could not breach the walls of this monument in 1916 so the developers should not be allowed to breach it just seven years short of the centenary of the historic occasion.

"We are very lucky to have the site of the last headquarters of the Provisional Government still in existence and it is very important that it be protected. I for one would not trust developers with such a historic site. This site is as important historically as the GPO and Kilmainham jail both of which we have all visited."

Sinn Féin would like to see a historical and cultural quarter built in this part of our capital city which would be associated with the Rising and linked to the GPO. In most other countries such a site would not have been allowed to crumble to its current state let alone hand it over to developers." ENDS

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