Taoiseach should end Government's appeal against High Court's Moore Street decision - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to call a halt to the Government's appeal against the ruling of the High Court that Moore Street Battle Site constitutes a National Monument and must be preserved.
Deputy Adams also asked the Taoiseach to take the necessary steps to ensure the implementation of the report of the Moore Street consultative group established by Minister Heather Humphreys.
Speaking directly to Mr Varadkar during Leaders Questions this afternoon, Teachta Adams said;
"Last year, during the centenary commemorations of the 1916 Rising, the relatives of the leaders of that rising went to the High Court in opposition to the Government’s plans.
"The High Court accepted their case and ruled that Moore Street constitutes a National Monument. Your government is appealing that High Court decision.
"At the same time, a consultative group established by the Minister has also recommended the development of Moore Street as a battle field site and as part of a historic cultural quarter.
"The Minister has accepted this report, though she has yet to bring it before the Cabinet.
“However, her acceptance of the report has no legal status at this time. While the Government’s appeal against the High Court decision clearly has.
"Not surprisingly the developer is not engaging with the oversight group. It appears that the developer is prepared to wait the outcome of your Government’s appeal which is to be heard in the autumn.
"So Taoiseach, will you stop the government’s appeal against the High Court Decision for the preservation of Moore Street?
"Will you confirm your support and take the necessary steps to ensure the implementation of the report of the consultative group established by the Minister?"
Speaking following the exchange, Mr Adams added;
"I am very disappointed with the Taoiseach refusal to halt his government's appeal against the High Court ruling. It signals very strongly that the fight will continue to ensure that Moore Street is developed as National Monument. The saga of Moore Street is a metaphor for our times. A property developer is favoured and a part of history and heritage is set to one side."