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McLellan calls on Taoiseach to include 1916 Battlefield in Dublin City application to UNESCO

10 April, 2015


Sinn Féín Spokesperson on Arts, Culture and Heritage Sandra McLellan and Chairperson of the Oireachtas All- Party Committee on Moore Street has written today to An Taoiseach to formally request that the 1916 Battlefield site be added to and included in the Dublin City application to UNESCO to become a World Heritage site.

Deputy McLellan said:

"Having raised this matter previously in the Dáil, and In light of the recent developments on the Government's purchasing of numbers 14 -17 Moore Street, I have requested that the Government and the Cabinet Committee on the 1916  Commemoration act to include the Moore Street Battlefield site on the State's application to UNESCO so that it becomes a World Heritage site.

“World Heritage sites are universally significant properties that embody a world of outstanding examples of cultural diversity and natural wealth. Since ratifying the Convention the Irish Government has established official diplomatic relations with UNESCO and appointed the Permanent Delegation of Ireland to UNESCO in Paris.

“The Government, whilst submitting Dublin city to the World Heritage list in 2010 did so only on the basis of the city’s literary and Georgian architectural heritage.  There is no inclusion of the 1916 Easter Rebellion or War of Independence.

“I believe that as we mark the Centenary of 1916, the critical historical and heritage aspects of the 1916 Battlefield site should be included and added to the existing Dublin city listed site.

I hope that an Taoiseach considers the proposal and look forward to hearing from his office." ENDS

Text of Deputy McLellan’s letter to An Taoiseach:

A Taoiseach, a chara,

I am writing to you Taoiseach as Chair of the Oireachtas All- Party Committee on Moore Street and in my capacity as Sinn Féín Spokesperson on Arts, Culture and Heritage.

In light of the recent developments on the Government's purchasing of numbers 14 -17 Moore Street, I am requesting that the Government and the Cabinet Committee on the 1916  Commemoration act to include the Moore Street Battlefield site on the State's application to UNESCO so that it becomes a World Heritage site.

World Heritage sites are universally significant properties that embody a world of outstanding examples of cultural diversity and natural wealth.

Since ratifying the Convention the Irish Government have established official diplomatic relations with UNESCO and appointed the Permanent Delegation of Ireland to UNESCO in Paris.

Recommendation:

The Government, whilst submitting Dublin city to the World Heritage list in 2010 did so only on the basis of the city’s literary and Georgian architectural heritage.  There is no inclusion of the 1916 Easter Rebellion or War of Independence.

I believe that as we mark the Centenary of 1916, the critical historical and heritage aspects of the 1916 Battlefield site should be included and added to the existing Dublin city listed site.

I hope that you consider the proposal and look forward to hearing from your office on the matter.

Is mise,

Sandra McLellan TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Arts Culture and Heritage

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