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Minister Humphreys snubs Heritage Committee again with refusal to discuss Moore St -  Peadar Tóibín TD

14 July, 2017

Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín TD has described Minister Heather Humphreys absence at the Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs committee as 'fiercely disappointing'.

Though Minister Humphreys had said she could not attend due to ‘time constraints’ she was in the Dáil chamber, with no explicit business, at the time that the committee meeting commenced.  

Deputy Tóibín, who is the Chairperson of the committee, had written a number of times to the Minister requesting her attendance at the Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Committee to discuss the future of the Moore St Battle Site. 

Deputy Tóibín said:

“I was deeply disappointed that the Minister who is responsible for the National Monument and the controversial High Court Appeal against the decision to preserve the area, has refused to attend despite ample notice. 

“We were to discuss the Moore Street Report – Securing History. The issues arising in relation to the Report are of huge importance to the Committee.

“While the Report has been referred to an Advisory Group to advance the recommendations within it, the Committee was looking forward to an engagement with the Minister in relation to issues addressed in the Report. We simply want to know does the cabinet support the recommendations of the report.

“Minister Humphreys was spotted in the Dáil chamber yesterday at the same time as our Committee meeting, which she professed she could not attend due to 'time constraints'.

"I am in the belief that this is shameful behaviour seeing as she is so publically shirking her responsibility.

“It seems as though the government are universally disinterested on progressing this project. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar refused to give the report explicit approval this week during Leaders Questions.

“Moore Street remains an important issue for the Joint Committee, and we are looking forward to a meeting with the Minister in the future. Moore Street’s history is as yet far from secured.”

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