Chairman of Fianna Fáil’s Coiste 1916 Éamon Ó Cuív says he will bring forward legislation to secure protection of the 1916 battlefield site, which will see the rejuvenation of Moore Street and the surrounding areas.
During questions in the Dáil yesterday Minister Heather Humphreys confirmed that she would be open to dialogue and would consider a process whereby all parties can work together to move the issue forward.
Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “The Government’s plans for Moore Street are at odds with my own wishes, and those of the general public. I along with my colleague Darragh O’Brien have been working with the 1916 relatives for some time, and we are all agreed that the full battlefield site should be protected, not just 14-17 Moore Street. The High Court ruling, which designated the Moore Street area as a national monument, supports our call.
“I welcome the fact that Minister Humphreys is open to meeting with myself and my Dáil colleagues from all parties and none, who want to see the issue progressed. I believe that the Government should reconsider its plans. I look forward to engaging with the Minister and her officials on how best we can commemorate this important historical area”.
Deputy Darragh O’Brien added, “I would like to see a greater consensus between the Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht and my own party when it comes to this national monument. While the part of Moore Street being preserved was an important area during the 1916 Rising, it is only one part in a greater battlefield site. My party, along with the relatives, want to see the full site designated a national monument – the High Court ruling paves the way for this.
“I will be bringing forward legislation, the Moore Street Historical Area Bill 2016, which will provide for the full battlefield site to be preserved as a national monument. I hope all parties will support this Bill to ensure that all, and not just certain areas of 1916 Rising are commemorated”.