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Adams welcomes Taoiseach’s Commitment to Revolutionary Quarter

12 April, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth and East Meath Gerry Adams has welcomed the commitment by the Taoiseach to establish a consultative group before Easter to discuss plans to commemorate the centenary of 1916.

Mr. Adams also welcomed the Taoiseach’s acceptance that the future of Moore Street and the revolutionary quarter should be ‘looked at afresh.’

Deputy Adams raised the issue of the 1916 celebration and the future of Moore Street and the Revolutionary Quarter during Taoiseach questions today.

Speaking after the Dáil debate Deputy Adams praised the efforts of those families involved in the Moore Street campaign.

He said:

“The decade before us is one filled with historic and significant commemorative dates, all marking 100 years, from the signing of the Ulster Covenant, through to the 1913 Lockout to the Easter Rising of 1916, the General election of 1918 and more.

“It is important, as we seek to encourage national reconciliation, respect and understanding that the government should take the lead in planning and co-ordinating efforts to celebrate these important events.

“I welcome the Taoiseach’s commitment to establish a consultative group before Easter to discuss this matter.

“It is also very important that the future of Numbers 14 to 17 Moore St which are under threat from a developer are preserved and protected. This is the place where the leaders of 1916 last met before the surrender and it constitutes a legally designated National Monument.

“I have travelled to many places around the world and sites of historic importance, and everywhere they are preserved, protected and are integrated into the culture and history of the nation.

“Moore Street must be protected and developed properly and it should form part of a Revolutionary Quarter encompassing the streets around the GPO which celebrates the struggle for freedom at the beginning of the 20th century.”

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