Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Sean Ó Fearghaíl TD, has called for the reopening of the Croppies Acre Memorial Park, which is situated next to Collins Barracks.
Deputy Ó Fearghaíl raised this issue during a special Dáil debate yesterday, and expressed his deep concern at the closure to the public of the Croppies Acre memorial park beside the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks.
The closure results from the continuous use of the park by illegal drug users, and according to Deputy Ó Fearghaíl, is testament to the failure of the Government to act as a custodian of Ireland’s heritage.
Deputy Ó Fearghaíl commented: “The failure to stop the dumping of dirty syringes in a park to honour Irish patriots is shocking and should not be tolerated. The closure sends out the wrong image of modern Ireland in the year of the Gathering.”
The closure of the Park, which contains the graves of the 1798 Rebel and is within walking distance of Heuston Station, the Museum Luas stop and the National Museum of Ireland which receives over 300,000 visitors annually.
“The park recently underwent a €35,000 upgrade. The OPW had been employing specialist cleaners to clear the park of dangerous waste, such as used syringes and broken glass. However, due to the restrictions on funding for the public body, it was no longer possible to employ the cleaners to ensure the park was safe for the public to use.
“I am calling on all relevant bodies, including the OPW and Dublin City Council, to act to bring about a situation where the park is free from anti-social behaviour and can be used by the public without health and safety concerns.”