Cllr Ray McHugh calls for the re-naming of St Patrick's Institution
Sinn Féin Councillor Ray McHugh has called for St. Patrick's Institution on the North Circular Road to be renamed in honour of one of the Cumann na Mban members who were imprisoned there in 1916.
Speaking following the passing of his motion at the Dublin City Council (DCC) meeting Cllr McHugh said:
“This building should be renamed to honour the sacrifices made by the Cumann na Mban volunteers of 1916. The closure of St Patrick's Institution, should not mean that the historical context of this building should be forgotten.” The motion was supported by the Mayor Cllr Christy Burke.
Cllr Mc Hugh also voiced his concern about a stained glass window in the chapel of the prison, which was donated by Mrs Humphreys who was a sister of the O’Rahilly. Mrs Humphreys was arrested after the rising and imprisoned in Mountjoy in 1916 and again in 1922.
Cllr McHugh added:
"The Prison Officers Association passed a similar motion at last year’s conference. So I think it would be fitting that this Institution should be re-named. DCC will now write to the Minister of Justice and the director general of the Irish prison services on the issue."