Adams commends Moore Street campaigners on saving laneways of history from demolition
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has welcomed this afternoon’s High Court ruling which prevents the destruction of the Moore Street battlefield site.
Speaking in County Louth today Deputy Adams said;
"Today's high court judgement against the Government and the developers who sought to demolish Moore Street is a victory for the people of Ireland.
"I want to strongly commend the dedication of the concerned relatives of the 1916 leaders and their legal team, and all those who have supported their campaign.
"It is a national disgrace that successive Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour Governments refused to use the legislative powers at their disposal to designate as a national monument the GPO/Moore Street area.
"It is a metaphor of our times that in this centenary year of the 1916 Easter Rising that the relatives of the 1916 leaders and their supporters should be forced to take the State to the high court in order to save our national heritage, and that the state was defending the interests of a developer.
"The incoming Government must now go back to the drawing board with all stakeholders, and act urgently to preserve and develop the GPO/Moore Street area to become a historic revolutionary quarter which is of social, cultural and economic benefit to Dublin and the rest of Ireland.
“This would also be a fitting memorial to the men and women of 1916.”