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Costs of Government Moore St Appeal coming out of 1916 Commemoration Funds – Tóibín

29 September, 2016

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Arts and Heritage Peadar Tóibín TD questioned Minister Heather Humphreys with regards the source of funds that will be used by the state if its appeal to the High Court on the future of the Moore Street Battle Site is lost.

The High Court earlier this year accepted that Moore Street was a battle site of the Rising and that nearly all of the buildings on the east side of the street as well as the laneways leading into it collectively constitute a national monument. In June the government launched an appeal against this ruling.

An Teachta Tóibín today sought to find out how much the government had assigned to deal with any eventual costs to the state as a result of this legal action. An answer to this question was not forthcoming. An Teachta Tóibín then sought to ask from which source of funds would the state’s legal expenses come from. The Minister stated that it was likely expenses would be sourced from 1916 Commemoration Funds.

An Teachta Tóibín, who is also Cathaoirleach of the Oireachtas Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Joint Committee, stated:

“It’s a shocking irony that money that has been assigned by the Dáil to commemorate and honour the men and women of 1916 will most likely be spend fighting a court decision which seeks to maim the integrity of the key battle site of those very men and women.

“This ongoing legal and political dispute over the Moore St Battle Field site is running sore. It represents 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.

“That the government is now seeking to use the funds assigned for the commemoration of these men and women to pay for this legal battle, is profoundly shocking.” 

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