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Adams condemns government amendment to national monument motion

22 May, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

In response to the government’s proposed amendment to a motion to be put to the Dáil this evening by over 50 opposition TDs, Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams said that the original motion: “reflects the wish of the descendants of the 1916 leaders and Irish citizens everywhere to protect and preserve the national monument at 14-17 Moore Street, with its surrounding area, as a 1916 battlefield site.”

“The government response is inadequate and deeply disappointing. It is proposing an amendment to the original motion which would allow for the demolition of the surrounds of the existing monument. It does not guarantee that the terrace, now lying in a state of disrepair and dereliction, would be preserved, but allows for it to be subsumed into an inappropriate setting within a shopping centre.

“The government has wasted an opportunity to put right the neglect of this site, the preservation and restoration of which is long overdue. The clash of commercialism and a tangible link with the great ideas articulated in the Proclamation of the Republic is a metaphor for our times.

“We call on the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs to take whatever measures necessary to ensure full preservation of the national monument and develop a plan to transform the GPO-Moore Street area into an historic quarter and battlefield site by supporting the original motion as proposed.”

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