FG using cover of clarification to challenge Moore St National Monument – Tóibín
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht Peadar Tóibín, has stated that Fine Gael threats to appeal the High Court decision to protect the Moore St National Monument in order to seek clarification are simply efforts to gain cover for what would be obviously a deeply damaging and unpopular action.
Deputy Tóibín said:
“The notion of there being unintended legal consequences arising from the judgment is simply a smokescreen. Fine Gael aim to protect the interests of the developers and landlords at the cost of citizens and our heritage.
“During the hearing of the case the Minister accepted a number of matters, including the fact that the Minister does not designate something to be a “National Monument”
“The Minister also accepted that the curtilage of the buildings at Nos. 14 to 17 Moore Street extended beyond what is included in the Preservation Order Map
“The Minister accepted that the proposed commemorative centre at Nos. 14 to 17 Moore Street was in fact a significantly different proposal from the commemorative centre for which planning permission had been granted by An Bord Pleanála
“With regards the decision on the planning application what the Minister was proposing to do in relation to the so-called commemorative centre at 14-17 (and part of 18) was not what the planning permission furnished to Chartered Land provided for. This cannot be disputed. What the Minister then sought to argue was that she was exempt. The problem with that argument was the existence of a Supreme Court majority decision which disagreed with those arguments and which the High Court correctly applied.
“A suggestion has been raised regarding utilities (roads, electricity etc) and the access and/or maintenance of same under, for example, the cobblestone-paved surface of Moore Street. However, it is worth noting that it is only in respect of National Monuments which are either owned by the State or a local authority or, where the State or a local authority are guardians of the National Monument or where the National Monument is the subject of a preservation order.
“We in Sinn Féin along with the campaign for Moore St are calling on Fine Gael to scrap their plans to appeal the High Court Decision and join with us in order to build a Cultural Quarter around the Battle Field Site to protect this unique and valuable link with the founding generation of this state.”