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Sinn Féin put motion to Dublin City Council to turn 16 Moore Street into a museum

5 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Councillor Larry O'Toole will put forward a motion at tonight's Dublin City Council monthly meeting calling for no. 16 Moore Street, the building in which the surviving leaders of the Easter Rising were captured, to be turned into a museum.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Cllr. O'Toole said:

"The last few decades have seen many aspects of our history rewritten, overlooked and abandoned. Number 16 Moore Street is a building of immense historical value. It unwittingly played host to one of the most significant events in Irish history when the surviving leaders of the Easter Rising were captured in it. Any other country in the world would make this house a national monument. It should be a treasured link with the past and this country's long struggle for independence.

"After a campaign to save the house was spearheaded by Sinn Féin last year, Dublin City Council passed a motion preventing its abolition. However, since then there has been no further action taken regarding the site.

"This year marks the 88th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. What better way to commemorate the men and women who fought that Easter, than by passing the motion to turn 16 Moore Street into a museum, this Easter?"ENDS

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