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Taoiseach to meet with 1916 relatives – McLellan

6 March, 2013

Commenting on the Taoiseach’s statement during Leaders’ Questions today that he would meet with the relatives of the 1916 heroes, Sinn Fein spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, Sandra McLellan TD, said:
“I am very happy that the Taoiseach, in response to a question from Deputy Gerry Adams has agreed to meet with the relatives to discuss the future of the Moore Street Historic Quarter and the 1916 Battlefield Site.
“It is imperative that the Taoiseach is aware of the views of the 1916 Relatives Committee and that to this end he, his officials, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Jimmy Deenihan, meet with them without further delay.
“I would also urge the Minister to enter into direct dialogue with all of the relevant stakeholders with a view to drawing up a new plan to preserve and develop the Historic 1916 Battlefield Site.”
“I call yet again on Minister Deenihan to act as a matter of urgency to ensure the full preservation of the National Monument and to refuse permission to Chartered Land for any works on and around the National Monument site.”
“This site is a central part of our collective history and it is too important to be left in a state of abject decay as is currently the case. Its future should not be determined by the whims of a financially troubled developer. It is the duty of the state to ensure that the 1916 Battlefield Site is preserved for the people of Ireland.” ENDS

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