Ní Chuilín calls on Irish government to preserve Moore Street
Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has called on the Irish government to designate the Moore Street area of Dublin as a national monument and develop it as a revolutionary quarter in memory of the men and women who took part in the 1916 Rising.
Speaking at a rally in Dublin today calling on the state to preserve the Moore Street area, Carál Ní Chuilín said:
“It is fantastic to see so many people from across Ireland north and south to show solidarity and support for the national campaign to save Moore Street, and the laneways of history which were the last outpost or GHQ of the Army of the Irish Republic in 1916, from demolition by developers.
“I want to extend my ongoing personal support and that of Sinn Féin to the relatives of the 1916 leaders who are in the leadership of this national campaign.
“I had the pleasure of inviting the relatives to the Assembly back in November 2012, alongside Martin McGuinness, where we were delighted to pledge our political support to the campaign.
“As Culture Minister in the North I have engaged with the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht in the South, to press upon the Irish Government the national desire of Irish citizens to see the battlefield site preserved and promoted because of its huge historic, public and tourism significance.
“The people of Ireland, the Irish diaspora and friends of Ireland everywhere, are looking forward to this significant centenary year of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, a pivotal event in our history.
“We must not fail to recognise the significant public support for the full preservation of the national monument and the development of the surrounding GPO/Moore Street area into an historic revolutionary quarter in this centenary year.
“This outgoing Government now have a very small window of opportunity to act and designate the Moore Street/GPO area as a national monument, to be preserved and developed under the protection of the State as an 1916 historic revolutionary quarter.
“Sinn Féin will table a motion to that effect this week in the Dáil and I am appealing to TDs from every part of Ireland to do the right thing and support this in the interests of citizens, our history and for future generations too.”