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McDonald Demands Museum for Ireland's Alamo

29 March, 2004

Sinn Féin's Dublin candidate in the forthcoming EU Elections Mary Lou McDonald has called on Dublin City Council to turn 16 Moore St in Dublin's north inner city into a museum to commemorate the 1916 Rising.

Ms McDonald said: "Dublin City Council is currently considering its draft development plan for the next number of years but no account is taken of the decision of City Councillors last May following a campaign spearheaded by Sinn Féin to preserve this building, last headquarters of the Provisional Government of 1916.

"It was in this building that the last council of war was taken during the final hours of the Rising and Pádraic Pearse, Thomas Clarke, Joseph Plunkett, Seán MacDermott and William Pearse made the decision to surrender when they were gathered around the bed of the wounded James Connolly in the building on Easter Saturday.

Described by the National Graves Association as 'Ireland's Alamo" it is a disgrace that it is marked only by a plaque most passers-by would not even know was there. I am calling on councillors to stand by their decision of last year and develop the site to ensure the preservation of this national monument for the nation. I am also calling on ordinary Dubliners to demonstrate their support by attending the Easter Commemorations this year." ENDS

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