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McDonald welcomes court decision to halt demolition work at Moore Street

11 January, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald has welcomed today’s court decision to halt all demolition work at Moore Street until a full hearing takes place on February 2nd.

Speaking this afternoon Deputy McDonald said;

“This is great news and big congratulations and well done must go to the 1916 Relatives Group who took the case and also to those who have prevented the work going ahead so far.

“Sinn Féin has called on Minister Humphreys to step in and put a halt to the work.

“The Government should hang its head in shame over the fact that citizens, the relatives of our 1916 heroes, were forced to go to court to halt this work in just the second week of this the centenary year.

“This whole episode shows the level of concern about the fate of this site and the extent our citizens will go to protect our heritage.

“While the National Monument at 14 to 17 Moore Street is now in State ownership, the Minister is carrying out the plan devised by the discredited developers Chartered Land.

“This is not only reprehensible; it is also totally unacceptable to those of us who actually give a damn about Ireland’s history.

“Sinn Féin would establish a Revolutionary Quarter in this area including the National Monument, the entire street, the laneways of history, the market traders, and even up into Parnell Square, the Rotunda and the Garden of Remembrance.

“This would not only have huge tourism potential - it would also be a fitting tribute to those who fought and died and also those who survived the Rising and the Proclamation of the Republic.” 

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