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Government miss Moore Street judgment appeal deadline – Tóibín

8 December, 2016


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Heritage, Peadar Tóibín TD, has commented on the government’s failure to submit their appeal in time against the High Court judgement protecting Moore Street from demolition.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“The government were supposed to have submitted their appeal against the High Court judgement on Moore Street yesterday, but they have missed the deadline. This follows on from a three month extension on the appeal which was granted to them on the 18th of September.

“It strikes me as highly unusual that they have not yet submitted the appeal. It would appear that they don’t actually know what they are appealing – hence the delay. This is despite the government having deployed a huge legal team, estimated to consist of up to 12 barristers, to pick holes in the case.

“The entire decision by the government to take the case to the High Court for the demolition of our National Monument in the first instance was abhorrent. The appeal is a further outrage. What’s more, it is at a massive financial cost to the Irish taxpayer.

“Estimated millions have already been spent on this case – money that could have put to better use – for the purchase of the Pearse surrender letter as a case in point. Surely now is an opportune time for the government to withdraw the appeal and allow Moore Street to develop as a cultural quarter befitting of it’s iconic and historic status.”

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