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Government have done the bare minimum around Moore St – McLellan

2 February, 2016


Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson for Heritage Sandra McLellan has railed against Government inaction on the demolition of the Battlefield site of Moore St. Deputy McLellan attested that it “as insulting as it gets to the memories of those who fought and died to strive for an Ireland no longer oppressed”.

The Cork East TD said:

“Moore Street, the surrounding areas, the history, the last outpost, the People’s Republic. All to be thrown on the scrap heap like used up unwanted junk, cast aside with scant regard of what the area means to the people of Dublin and this Island as a whole. This is an injustice that highlights this government’s attitude towards the history and the formation of this nation. Maybe it is ashamed?

“It is disrespectful to those who gave us the freedom that we take for granted today. They planted the seeds for a fair and just Ireland. That's what they envisaged.

“How this has played out is surely as insulting as it gets to the memories of those who fought and died to strive for an Ireland no longer oppressed.

“This Government have done the bare minimum. They have once again favoured the developers, favoured those who will line their pockets at the expense of picking the pockets of our heritage, all under the watchful eye of this government.

“The preservation and restoration of the entire terrace would enable it to be transformed into a historical quarter and battlefield site. This could have endless possibilities; it would draw huge interest from tourists all around the world; it would stand as a testament to the people who stood against an empire in the name of Irish freedom.” 

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