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Minister acknowledges Moore Street Battlefield site’s extraordinary contribution to world literature – McLellan

13 March, 2013

Speaking in response to the acknowledgement by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, that the Moore Street Battlefield site had made an extraordinary contribution to world literature, Sinn Fein spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Sandra McLellan TD said:
“I am very happy Minister Deenihan accepts the link between the Moore Street Battlefield site, significant works of literature, and the site’s global importance when it comes to world heritage and literature.
“I am also pleased he acknowledged in the Dáil that Sean O’Casey’s work, and in particular the dramatic trilogy uses the events and setting of Moore Street/GPO 1916 as a central prop and that without these O’Casey’s work becomes meaningless.
“The minister now accepts that the events, setting, streetscape and urban fabric of the site had a major influence on the social and cultural evolution of the collective psyche of the people of Dublin. And that James Joyce extracts from this rich urban quilt the key personalities, eccentricities and stories, without which he could not have written Ulysses.
“In light of his statement to the Dáil I would impress upon the Minister his obligation to ensure that the Moore Street Battlefield is added to the current list of sites on the UNESCO world heritage list submitted by the Irish state.
“The state has a duty to ensure that the 1916 Battlefield Site is preserved for the people of Ireland in a manner that respects and preserves its global importance.” ENDS

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