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SF to table emergency Dáil motion to prevent future sell-off of irreplaceable historical documents

13 April, 2006

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Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald speaking prior to the launch of Dublin Sinn Féin's programme of events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising said the party would be putting forward a Dáil motion demanding legislation to prevent the sale or export of important historical documents. Ms McDonald was accompanied by Sean Crowe TD and a number of Sinn Féin Councillors.

Ms. McDonald and Deputy Crowe will be available to speak to the media at 12.30pmtoday (Thursday 13th) at the GPO on O'Connell Street.

Ms. McDonald said:

"Many people were very angry to see irreplaceable historical documents sold off to the highest bidder in an auction hall in Dublin city centre yesterday. Such documents are vital to future generations and should be kept in the ownership of the people.

"Under current legislation the Government is able to compulsory purchase items such as the Ardagh Chalice, Tara brooch and paintings of national importance. The owners of these items are compensated by the state. However there is no legislation for the government to do this with written documents or archives.

"Sinn Féin TDs intend to table an emergency motion when the Dáil returns from the Easter recess to demand legislation to prevent the sale or export of such irreplaceable and significant documents or artefacts."

Deputy Crowe said:

"The weekend I am calling on people to take to the streets of our capital city to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Sinn Féin will hold commemorations across the city throughout the Easter weekend with our main commemoration in the City Centre on Saturday 15th at 1.30pm. In the coming days Dublin Sinn Féin will be distributing 140,000 copies of a special edition of Dublin News to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising to homes right across the city and county.

"It is very welcome that this weekend the Irish Government has also decided to mark the anniversary of the Easter Rising. I hope that they will do much more. The best way to celebrate the spirit of Easter 1916 is for all of those who are committed to Irish reunification to work together to make this goal a reality."

Friday, 14th April
Dublin(Arbour Hill)
Assemble at 2.30pmSpeaker Sean Crowe TD

Saturday 15th
Dublin City
Assemble at 1.30pm Speaker Gerry Adams MP

Assemble at 11am Speaker Mary Lou McDonald MEP

Assemble 12 noon Speaker Cllr Críona Ní Dhalaigh

Sunday 16th
Glasnevin Cemetery Wreath laying ceremony
Assemble at 11.00am at the gates of Glasnevin Cemetery.

Annual Eamonn Ceantt Crumlin Republican Easter Commemoration
Assemble at 3.00pm at Errigal Field (back of Childrens Hospital) and march to Eamonn Ceannt Park.

State Commemoration in Dublin City- Pat Doherty MP, Bairbre de Brún MEP, Arthur Morgan TD, Sean Crowe TD and Michelle Gildernew MP

Assemble 3pm. Speaker Councillor Dessie Ellis

Monday 17th
Dún Laoghaire Assemble Kill O' the Grange 2.30pm Speaker Pat Doherty MP

Assemble at 3.00pm at the East Pier Speaker Councillor Larry O'Toole

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