Destruction of Moore St monument would be ‘cultural vandalism’ :Cullinane
The proposal to knock down the majority of the National Monument on 14-17 Moore St would constitute cultural vandalism, according to Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane.
The Waterford senator was speaking on the order of business today, where he called on the government to commit to protecting the site, and called for a debate in the Seanad on the matter.
“The choice the government faces on this issue is clear. One the one hand, it can choose to protect and enhance this location of immense historical significance, the last stand of the leaders of 1916”.
“On the other hand, it can destroy the monument, by allowing a NAMA developer to build on 60% of the protected area, and to dwarf the buildings with enormous commercial premises.”
“This would detract from the appearance and significance of the buildings, and negate the possibility of developing a historical and cultural quarter which could be a significant tourist attraction. In short, it would constitute gross cultural vandalism.”
“Every now and then, politics throws up little allegories, which neatly encapsulate all that is going on in a country at a particular time. This is a perfect example.”
“Far from the politics of austerity and of cutbacks to those who can least afford it, the men of 1916 stood for justice, and for cherishing all the children of the nation equally.”
"If the government were to choose the interests of big business, over protecting such a significant site, it would surely sum up how far removed they are from the ideals of those who fought at 14-17 Moore Street.”