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Moore St Court Appeal reveals continuing crusade against Monument – Tóibín

14 June, 2016

In response to the government’s decision to appeal the High Court decision to protect the Moore St National Monument, Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht Peadar Tóibín TD has stated that this decision will be met with massive disappointment by campaigners, relatives and citizens throughout the country.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“References by the Department to the potential for the decision to becomes a ‘Crank’s Charter’ is both deeply insulting to the campaign and the relatives and completely disingenuous. Citizens will still be able to use the legal system to test the legality of such developments. If such challenges are not meritorious and are frivolous or vexatious, they will in all likelihood be unsuccessful and will fail to achieve their intended outcome.

“The Minister has stated that advice has been received by the Attorney General. Amid Government promises of political reform, this advice should be published as soon as possible.   

“It’s interesting that the Minister cites the development of the ‘Consultative Group’ as a Fianna Fáil proposal. Is this another example of the arm’s length coalition of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael making decisions behind the scenes?

“The Minister proposes that this Consultative Groups be made up of stakeholders despite making decisions which are completely contrary to the wishes of the stakeholders. This is an effort to apply a soothing balm to a sore that the Minister has just inflamed.

“Instead of proceeding with a new historical and cultural quarter that would be of value to generations of Irish people, the Government’s decision commits hundreds of thousands of euro of citizens’ money to an appeal that will prolong the dereliction of the area or, in the worst case scenario, obliterate much of the streetscape of the Rising.” 

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