Minister Madigan “derelict in her duties” in regards to Moore St – Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Peadar Tóibín TD has said that Minister Madigan is neglecting her duties in ensuring that vitally important buildings on Moore Street are preserved.
Deputy Tóibín has also highlighted that Moore Street itself is becoming an increasingly bleak environment due to the stasis on the part of the government in preserving it.
Deputy Tóibín will launch a bill next week ensuring that certain parts of Moore Street, and its environs, will be deemed a national monument.
Challenging Minister Madigan in the Dáil on Wednesday, Deputy Tóibín said:
“Your Department has stated clearly and officially that the Moore Street battlefield site is a national monument, yet you has refused to date to identify a large number of buildings in that space as comprising a national monument and to issue a preservation order.
"Are you not derelict in her duty regarding these buildings, given that they are under pressure owing to a very large planning permission application, if you do not issue a preservation order?
“The O'Brien's Mineral Water Works building, Henry Place, was occupied and held by the Volunteers evacuating the GPO.
"The White Cottage, Henry Place, was occupied and held under fire by Michael Collins. The Bottling Stores, Moore Street, were occupied and held by Captain Frank Henderson, and were the location of the killing of Michael Mulvihill and Henry Coyle.
“No. 10 Moore Street was the point of entry to the terrace, the leaders' refuge, the location of the field hospital set up by Nurse Elizabeth O'Farrell and Julia Grenan, and the location of the killing of Paddy Shortis.
"Nos. 20 and 21 were the location of the acceptance by the Volunteers of the surrender order after consultation with Clarke, Plunkett, Collins and Mac Diarmada.
"No. 25 Moore Street was the location of the killing of The O'Rahilly, Charles Corrigan and Francis Macken.
“Does a live planning application that details the destruction of buildings and streets not constitute a danger? It is a planning application that could be proceeded with at any time.
"The buildings I note here are of major heritage importance. The recent court cases have made it abundantly clear that it is not up to the Judiciary to issue protective notices.
"The Judiciary has actually kicked the ball back into the court of the Minister and said it is her responsibility to do so.
“Anyone who goes to Moore Street will see it is frozen in dereliction. It is frozen because of the hiatus the Government has created in the area.
"I am asking the Minister to break that hiatus with a simple decision, namely, to turn Moore Street into the vibrant cultural and historic quarter it could be.
"The traders on the street are prisoners of the Minister's policy. The inertia of the Government is putting them into a sterile area where it is really difficult to earn a living.
"I will introduce in the Oireachtas next week a Bill seeking that the Oireachtas identify Moore Street as a national monument.”