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Sinn Féin's 1916 Victory - 16 Moore St to be Rising Museum

21 September, 2004

Sinn Féin Councillor and Group Leader on Dublin City Council Christy Burke has expressed his delight at the passing of Sinn Féin motions at a meeting of Dublin City Council last night calling for the site at No. 16 Moore St to be converted into a museum for the 1916 Rising.

Cllr Burke said: "No. 16 Moore St. was the last headquarters of the Provisional Government of 1916 and is a place of immense historical and political importance to the people of Ireland. In May of 2003 Dubliners rallied to its defence following a proposal to demolish it, which was defeated at City Council.

"But we believe that merely preserving it is not enough. An essential part of any heritage plan for Dublin must include the development of the site into a museum that would have a commemorative and educational function. I want to thank other councillors for supporting our motions who saw the importance of the 1916 Rebellion to all Irish people regardless of political affiliation.

"The victory achieved tonight however is not the end of this campaign. The building forms part of the Carlton Development Site, currently the subject of High Court action over a compulsory purchase order and more work will be necessary to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion. Sinn Féin intends to continue to monitor developments as they unfold." ENDS

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