Moore St site must be protected in face of NAMA bulldozers – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD raised concerns over the impending sale of part of Moore St battlefield site by NAMA in Leaders’ Questions today.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Minister on April 23rd 2014 on the eve of the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, the government announced that through NAMA they would invest €5million in refurbishing and restoring that section of Moore Street, 14-17, which has been designated as a National Monument.
“It was basically re-announced five months later when Minister Heather Humphries announced further funding to develop a commemorative centre on this the last outpost of the GHQ of the Army of the Irish Republic in 1916, and from where they treated with the British for surrender.
“You are aware that in a short six months, the 100th anniversary of that seminal period of Irish history will occur. The families of those who led or took part in that Rising have sought for this government to take the required steps, not only to secure 14-17 Moore Street, but to protect the entire battlefield site and to faithfully restore it all as a fitting tribute to those who raised the flag of the Irish almost 100 years ago.
“Minister, given that a loan portfolio called Project Jewel owned by the developer Joe O’Reilly’s Chartered Land is being sold as we speak by NAMA, which includes that area identified as being the battlefield site, would you and the government instruct Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to issue a direction before proceeding with any sale (under Section 14 of the NAMA Act), to the board of NAMA that it safeguard not only the presently designated national monument, but also the area surrounding it?
“How would it be in the interests of the Irish people, which NAMA and your government are meant to serve, to dispose in the way NAMA currently intends of this whole site - to highest bidder? This is a site identified by the National Museum as “the most important historic site in modern Irish history”.
“Minister, you said that it should be a fitting tribute next year. I don’t see how sending bulldozers onto Moore Street would be in anyway seen as a fitting tribute.”