Gerry Adams TD urges government to purchase Pearse surrender letter
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has expressed his “deep disappointment” at the Taoiseach’s confirmation today that the government will not be purchasing the final letter of surrender written by Padráig Mac Piarais at the end of the Easter Rising which is due to be auctioned tomorrow.
According to Stuart Cole, a Director of Adam's Auctioneers, the only interest in the letter is from outside of the state.
Gerry Adams TD said:
“I wrote to the Taoiseach on the 15th November to express my concern that the government had decided not to purchase the final letter of surrender. The Taoiseach wrote back to me and said that the Minister would be in touch directly with me. The Ministers Private Secretary wrote to say that he would be in touch as soon as possible. I am still waiting.
“The surrender letter to be auctioned tomorrow was written by Padráig Mac Piarais in his prison cell on April 30th, 1916 shortly after he had surrendered. It was a surrender instruction to the Four Courts garrison.
“It is frankly bizarre, particularly in the centenary year of the 1916 Rising, that the government would pass up the opportunity to acquire a document of such historical import and significance for the nation.
“I know that state funds are limited, but I would strongly urge the government, even at this 11th hour, to reconsider its decision and seek out possible mechanisms to fund the acquisition of the letter by and for the State.”