Moore Street Consultative Forum to ‘probably’ convene before Dáil Summer Recess – Tóibín
In response to a question from Peadar Tóibín TD, chair of the Select Committee on Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and Gaeltacht, asking when the consultative forum on Moore Street, would be initiated, an unsure Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, replied ‘probably before the Dáil Summer recess’.
In response today, Teachta Tóibín stated:
“This start date cannot be let slip beyond July and has to be instigated as soon as possible, due to the importance of the site, the massive centrality of the site to the heritage of this country, particularly in this centenary year, the vulnerable condition of many of the monument’s buildings and the utter confusion with regards to the future of the Battlefield site.
“We will be holding the Minister to account with regards to her hesitant and uncertain answer yesterday.
“If she fails to proceed within the timeline stipulated by her, we will be supporting the 1916 Relatives campaign to convene such a forum.
“It is also significant that the banner that was placed on the monument and whose removal was subject to the ruling of the High Court is being removed today. This banner is subject to controversy due to the damage that it has done to the monument. The Minister in a response to my parliamentary question admitted that she authorised its erection originally. It is critical now that we know what steps has the Minister undertaken to independently survey the damage caused by the erection of the banner.
“Teachta Tóibín also questioned the Minister as to how many hundreds of thousands of euros had been spent by the state in their legal challenge to date, and to estimate how much state money would be spent on the Department’s legal challenge to the recent High Court judgement, in the future. The Minister did not know.”