Vicious circle of inaction leaves Moore Street exposed – Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Culture, Deputy Peadar Tóibín, has expressed his frustration at the outright refusal of the government to declare Moore Street a National Monument.
Deputy today received notification that a parliamentary question to Minister Madigan on this matter was disallowed by the Ceann Comhairle.
According to An Teachta Tóibín "the question simply asked Minister Madigan if it was her view that the Moore St Battlefield Site is a national monument.”
Speaking today Teachta Tóibín said;
“The question was not answered, spuriously in my view. The excuse given was that it was a legal question and therefore not in order.
“However, the Court of Appeal has explicitly ruled that the declaration of Moore Street as a national monument is not the preserve of the courts but a purely policy or political judgment.
“The basis upon which the Minister refused to answer the question directly contradicts the Court of Appeal judgement on Moore Street which stated that they could not determine what constituted a National Monument.
“The ruling says, ‘the designation of a monument as a national monument ultimately calls for political and, in some instances, perhaps, administrative judgment.’
“The truth is that at every juncture possible Fine Gael and Minister Madigan have reverentially articulated the importance of the Moore St Battlefield site but opposed every effort legal, political and campaigning to have the site designated as a National Monument.
“The only reason why Fine Gael would seek to prevent Moore St's designation as a National Monument is that they envisage and would allow development at the site that is not in keeping with its status as a National Monument.
“This entrenched view is the reason why this really important historic quarter has been consumed by legal battle after legal battle and lies derelict today.
“The Minister is squandering an opportunity to revive a key city centre quarter in a manner that would inject energy and vibrancy, safeguard the livelihoods of the iconic Moore St traders and do justice to its status as the birthplace of the nation.”