Adams Urges Government to Support 1916 Relatives
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD this morning attended the state commemoration of the 1916 rising at Arbour Hill cemetery.
This afternoon in the Dáil during Leaders' Questions the Sinn Féin leader raised the deplorable state of the National Monument at 14-17 Moore Street which he described as a ‘slum’. Teachta Adams urged Taoiseach Enda Kenny to support the call from the relatives of the 1916 leaders for “the 1916 National Monument at 14-17 Moore St is fully protected and preserved in its entirety as designated and that the surrounding buildings, streets and laneways are retained so as the potential of this area can be fully developed into a 1916 historic or cultural quarter.”
The Sinn Féin President described this mornings Arbour Hill ceremony as a “very moving ceremony and a reminder of how much we owe those men and women who proclaimed the Irish Republic in defiance of an Empire almost 100 years ago.
"In this context I want to raise with you the deplorable state of the National Monument of 14-17 Moore Street and the surrounding laneways which you have visited and which you have described as the “lanes of history”.
"This iconic area marks one of the most important sites in modern Irish history. It must be protected Taoiseach but it must also be developed as an historic quarter and battlefield site in time for the centenary of the Rising. The condition of 14-17 Moore St is a disgrace. Its an insult to the memory of those men and women who it should honour.
"A developer, Mr Joe O Reilly, one of the Maple 10 Golden Circle, is planning to demolish the surrounding area for the building of a shopping complex. The developer is in NAMA who are now considering funding this development. In other words Irish taxpayers, Irish citizens may be asked to pay for the vandalising of a national monument. Taoiseach this is wrong.
"It stands in stark contrast to the way other states acclaim those who fought for freedom and independence and it totally contradicts the tone of our commemoration this morning. So, Taoiseach will you support the proposition put forward by the families to ensure that the 1916 National Monument at 14-17 Moore St is fully protected and preserved in its entirety as designated and that the surrounding buildings, streets and laneways – the lanes of history as you rightly call them - are retained so as the potential of this area can be fully developed into a 1916 historic or cultural quarter.