Responsibility lies with the Government to safeguard our culture and heritage – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said that the “responsibility lies with the Government to safeguard our culture and heritage”. The deputy went on to say that “it is imperative that we preserve this site. Its historic, cultural and political significance cannot be underestimated.”
The Cavan-Monaghan TD said:
“In this centenary year, every county in Ireland will organise commemorative events and reflect on how 1916 changed the history and political course of Ireland. However this is all happening in a time when relatives of our 1916 heroes have been forced to go to court to halt construction work, or destructive work, to the historic battle site and final meeting place of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic at Easter 1916. This is a damning indictment of this Government and demonstrates the utter contempt that they have shown to the legacy of the men and women of 1916.
“The responsibility lies with the Government to safeguard our culture and heritage. Instead, the contrary has happened. They have allowed the developers, speculators and profiteers to take control. They fed off grossly inflated property prices during the Celtic Tiger and they saw this street and this site purely as a source of speculative profit. That continues to this day because now, in our so-called recovery, more interests are lining up to see how they can profit from this site. Today a developer plans to level most of it in order to build a shopping mall. This cannot happen. We must not let it happen.
“It is imperative that we preserve this site. Its historic, cultural and political significance cannot be underestimated.
“The people of Ireland, the Irish diaspora and friends of Ireland everywhere, are looking forward to this significant centenary year of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. There is also significant public support across the island of Ireland and throughout the diaspora for the full preservation of this national monument and the development of the surrounding General Post Office (GPO)/Moore Street area into an historic revolutionary quarter and battlefield site
“We call on the Government to immediately rescind the Ministerial Order that allows for the demolition of numbers 13, 18 and 19 Moore Street.”