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Adams announces Dáil motion for preservation and restoration of 1916 battlefield site

18 May, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams TD, today announced a Dáil motion to be proposed next week, with the support of over 50 opposition TDs, to save and restore the 1916 battlefield site at Moore Street, Dublin.

At the announcement of the wording, Deputy Adams was accompanied to the site by acclaimed star of film and theatre, Fionnuala Flanagan, a recent recipient of an IFTA lifetime achievement award, who added her voice to the chorus of opposition to the demolition of the site. Also present were James Connolly Heron, great grandson of James Connolly, Patrick Cooney,PRO for the families of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation and Helen Litton, a great grandniece of Kathleen Clarke.

The motion was drafted by descendants of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, who have been campaigning to save the site for over ten years. It will be taken during Sinn Féin private members’ time, in the Dáil on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Gerry Adams TD said: “The plan to build, yet another, shopping centre on this site, stands in stark contrast to the manner in which other states acclaim those who fought for freedom and independence.”

The motion asks for government to support the proposition, put forward by the families of the 1916 leaders, to ensure that the 1916 National Monument at 14-17 Moore St is fully protected and preserved in its entirety and that the surrounding buildings, streets and laneways are retained so as the potential of this area can be fully developed into a 1916 historic or cultural quarter.


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