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Minister Humphreys leaves door open to appealing High Court Moore St Decision – Tóibín

1 June, 2016

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht Peadar Tóibín has asked Minister Heather Humphreys whether she intended to appeal the decision of the High Court to declare the Moore St. Battlefield Site as a National Monument.  

Speaking afterwards, Teachta Tóibín said:

“The Minister has flatly refused to rule out appealing this decision. She stated that she is actively considering her next step.

“It would be an absolute travesty that such important sections of this historical site in the 100th anniversary of the 1916 rising would be floored to make way for a shopping centre. The Minister is the Minister for Heritage and therefore has responsibilities for its protection; not ruling this out highlights the real threat that this site is still under.  

“It’s also important that the Minister represent that overwhelming desire of the people on this issue. It’s also important that the Minister take cognisance of the fact that her government is in a minority on this issue and needs to respect the wishes of the Dáil also. We also want the Minister to declare that NAMA will not fund an appeal on behalf of Chartered Lands. We need to accept the decision, and develop an official state plan to proceed with the redevelopment of the Battlefield site ASAP.” 

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