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Morgan - Lissadell House should be in state ownership

23 May, 2003

Commenting on the news that the birthplace of Countess Constance Markiewicz, Lissadell House, is to be sold, Arthur Morgan T.D. Sinn Féin spokesperson on Heritage called on the Government to preserve Lissadell as a monument to the heroine of the 1916 Rising.

Deputy Morgan said

"The State preserves Avondale House in Co. Wicklow as a memorial to Charles Stewart Parnell and Carhan House in Co. Kerry as a memorial to Daniel O'Connell. Lissadell House, which played an important role in Irish political and literary history, should be preserved as a memorial to Countess Markiewicz.

"Everywhere there are memorials to the men of Irish history, whether you walk down O'Connell Street or through the corridors of the Houses of the Oireachtas. Women's role has been written out of Irish history: to preserve Lissadell House as a monument to Countess Markiewicz is the very least that this state can do to remember one of the most important female figures in Irish History and as the first woman cabinet minister in Europe, an important figure in European history.

"Sinn Féin believes that it is time for the state to examine the options for re-appropriating hereditary estates which are a legacy of our colonial past and have no place in a modern Ireland." ENDS

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