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Government failing in their duty to preserve the memory of 1916 – McLellan

11 March, 2015

Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson on Arts, Culture, and Heritage Sandra McLellan asked Minister Heather Humphreys today in the Dáil if she could assure the Irish people that the 1916 National Monument of the Moore Street area would be protected and respectfully prepared in time for the centenary celebrations next year. 

In response to the Minister's comments stating that she was disappointed at Dublin City Council's decision to reject the plans for an Interpretative Centre Moore and Land Swap with Chartered Land, Deputy McLellan said:  

“It’s well known that preparations for the official launch of the 1916 commemoration programme in November were rushed, and were undertaken under considerable time pressures. Irish people were rightly enraged by the clear lack of respect being given to the preparations of the hugely significant centenary events next year.”

“People are now equally outraged that as we approach the 1916 centenary the central element in an area described by the National Museum as 'the most important historic site in modern Irish history' has fallen into total disrepair in an increasingly derelict site. I am referring to the issue of 1916 National Monument which the Minister and Department are very familiar with.”

“The disgracefully derelict state of the 1916 National Monument in Moore Street and their recent failed land swap proposal is proof that its current owners of the site view the National Monument as nothing more than an item of commercial exchange rather than the central element in an area. The government have shown themselves to be unreliable guardians of our history and heritage.”

“The future of Moore Street and the Battleground area should be preserved in its entirety to maintain its authentic nature.”

“The failure of the State to intervene in this matter in light of the statement by the National Museum is a clear breach of their responsibility to act in the public interest.” 

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