Forum on the Future of the Moore St Battle Site may be the last opportunity save Unique Quarter – Tóibín
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for the Heritage and the Arts Peadar Tóibín has said that the Battlefield Moore St site is a real physical link to an idealistic, brave and selfless generation of men and women that, if redeveloped with the appropriate respect and sensitivity to the past, would breathe new life and vitality into an all too often forgotten corner of our capital city.
The Meath West TD said:
“Today, I attended along with my Sinn Féin colleagues Mary Lou McDonald and Mícheál Mac Donncha the Government Forum on the Future of the Moore St Battle Site.
“Afterwards, I got a chance to take the Moore St Historical Tour. Streets that I thought I knew were transformed for me by the recounting of the extraordinary details of just how unnaturally brave and fearless these volunteer men and women were. A 1,000 Irish people surrounded by 20,000 British troops. They were equipped with out of date guns shooting 4 rounds per minute against British machine guns firing 14 rounds per minute plus artillery and incendiary shells raining down on them.
“The vast majority of the quarter was furnace of uncontrolled fires and in the middle of it all The O Rahilly bleeding to death for 19 hours in a doorway writing ‘Goodbye Darling’ to his wife.
“For me, the running sore that is the legal and political dispute over the Moore St Battle Field site is the collision of two Irelands. On one side, we see the greasy till of the Celtic Tiger property days seeking to engulf the quarter with a gigantic shopping centre. On the other, we have a real physical link to an idealistic, brave and selfless generation of men and women.
“Despite the years of false dawns and frankly disingenuous dealings by official Ireland on this issue we may possibly have through the vehicle of this Moore St Forum the last opportunity to maintain this physical link for future generations and create a vibrant cultural and historical quarter that will breathe new life and vitality into a forgotten corner of our capital city.
“I look forward to working with the many stakeholders including the campaigns, the relatives and the traders. And I hope that the Minister will heed our call to save the streets that gave birth to the Nation.”