Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin Darragh O’Brien TD says the Government must respect the recent High Court ruling which has designated the 1916 Moore Street battlefield site as a national monument.

Deputy O’Brien says the Government should now focus on rejuvenating Moore Street and surrounding areas.

“The High Court ruling vindicates those of us who have been fighting to preserve the 1916 battlefield site on Moore Street. Fianna Fáil has long maintained that the battlefield site should be a national monument, and we have worked closely with the Save 16 Moore Street campaign to achieve this,” said Deputy O’Brien.

“Earlier this week I met with the relatives of the 1916 rising, including James Connolly Heron and Patrick Cooney, with the view to determining the best way forward in light of the High Court ruling. It was agreed that under no circumstances should the Government appeal this important ruling. Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys should accept the ruling in its entirety in order to allow preservation efforts to get underway.

“We intend to re-table our legislation in the Dáil in order to give legislative approval to the High Court ruling. This will allow the campaign to move to the next stage. I’m calling on all parties in the Dáil to work with us so that we can give Moore Street the recognition it deserves,” said Deputy O’Brien.