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Government must preserve Moore Street 1916 Site – Adams

8 May, 2013 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called on the government to directly intervene to save the Moore Street National Monument by removing it from the ownership of Chartered Land.

In his reply the Taoiseach said that Minister Deenihan will be bringing a memo to the government shortly dealing with this issue.

Speaking in the Dáil today the Sinn Féin leader reminded the Taoiseach that in their Programme for Government Fine Gael and Labour committed to develop a cultural plan for future commemorative events such as the Centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016.

This morning (Wednesday) government and opposition leaders, and relatives of the 1916 leaders, attended a commemorative event in Arbour Hill cemetery to remember the men and women who proclaimed a Republic in 1916.

Teachta Adams pointed out that “the last headquarters of that republic, the National Monument in Moore Street, stands in a perilous state of decay and in urgent need of remedial work.

“Under the Monument Preservation Order No. 1 2007 the Minister is obliged to intervene when a national monument is in danger of falling into decay through neglect.”

The Sinn Féin leader asked the Taoiseach to “have Minister Deenihan intervene to remove the National Monument from the ownership of Chartered Land and to act to preserve the Moore Street battlefield site in its entirety”.

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