Moore St ‘a place of history and promise’ – Mary Lou McDonald TD
Speaking during a rally on Moore St today to save the historic battlefield site from demolition, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald spoke of the high esteem with which her party holds the ideals of the 1916. This is in stark contrast to the disdain with which the current Government has treated the heritage of our pursuit of freedom.
At the rally in her own constituency of Dublin Central, Deputy McDonald said:
“The Government should be ashamed that citizens, the relatives of our 1916 heroes, were forced to go to court to halt this work in just the second week of this the centenary year. This should not be their burden to bear. The safeguarding of our culture and heritage is in the hands of Government and it is time they acted like it.
“While the National Monument at 14 to 17 Moore Street is now in State ownership, the Minister is carrying out the plan devised by the discredited developers Chartered Land.
“This government is crass, cheap and clueless if it believes that a shopping mall is an appropriate memorial to the women and men of 1916.
“It is an affront to the legacy of the men and women of 1916; the men and women of this proud island who took on an empire in not just this fair city, but in Wexford, Galway, Meath, and Louth.
“Our resolve will never be dampened. Moore Street and the surrounding buildings were the birth place, the cradle, the very spot where the Republic was proclaimed.
“This is an election issue. The government must understand it will not get away with bulldozing or damaging the terrace.
“Sinn Féin would establish a Revolutionary Quarter in this area including the National Monument, the entire street, the laneways of history, the market traders, and even up into Parnell Square, the Rotunda and the Garden of Remembrance. “