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Sinn Féin tables bill for preservation of Moore Street as National Monument – Peadar Tóibín TD

14 February, 2018

The government have today won a ruling overturning a High Court decision two years ago that the buildings and sites in and around the Moore Street area in Dublin constitute a National Monument.  

Sinn Féin have tabled legislation, which if passed, would see the entire Moore St Battlefield Site recognised as a National Monument.

Speaking today An Teachta Tóibín said:

“Today the birthplace of the Irish republic, because of an appeal by the Minister for Heritage, was stripped of its status as a National Monument.

"This has far reaching consequences for an area of Dublin that should be a vibrant, cultural, historic and trading quarter.

“The judgement of the court today stated that decision to recognise Moore Street as a National Monument was a decision to be made by either executive or legislative powers.

"It’s clear that there is an onus now on the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, to draft legislation that will do just that.

“However, given the hostile approach that the government has taken to the Moore Street Battlefield site to date, I’m not confident that this will happen.

"Therefore, I am submitting a bill today that will, if supported by the Dáil, finally bring to and end this ongoing saga and see the quarter blossom into the wonderful, re-energised cultural space that it could be.”  

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