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TD to oppose auction of historical 1916 material

11 April, 2006

Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe will be available to talk to the media outside the St. Stephens Green offices of Auctioneers James Adams & Sons before the sale of 1916 memorabilia gets underway tomorrow (April 12th). Deputy Crowe will be there at approximately 10am to voice his concern and opposition to the sale of goods connected to the 1916 Rising, which he said "should be the property of all the people of Ireland."

Deputy Crowe said, „This is our shared heritage. It is part of what we are as a people and a country. This sale amounts to nothing more than the vulgar prostitution of our collective history. I have no doubt that much of this material will be bought up by private speculators with an eye to the 100th anniversary of the Rising in ten years time.

"This material should be on display in our museums for all to see. It should not become the personal trophies of a select few or worse still viewed by profiteers as an item that will increase in value as we approach the 100th anniversary." ENDS

Seán Crowe TD will be available to the media at 10am outside the offices of James Adams and Sons, at 26 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.

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