Chairman of Fianna Fáil Coiste 1916 Committee Éamon Ó Cuív has called on the Government to accept the decision of the High Court, which has designated the Moore Street area as a national monument.  He has also called for assurances from the Government that it will not appeal the court’s decision, and will instead set about acquiring and preserving the site for posterity.

Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “I believe the High Court decision is the correct one.  The Moore Street area should now be preserved as an important world battlefield site in conjunction with the GPO, as the Rising signified the beginning of the end of the British Empire.

“We all need to move forward together on this issue and make the necessary resources available for this work.  1916 belongs to no one group in our society; and the way that communities right across the country have taken the commemorations to their hearts aptly demonstrates this.

“Now is the time for action on this matter and I would hope that in the coming days the Government would make a positive announcement of intent to accept the court’s decision and acquire and preserve this whole area.

“I will be seeking to raise this important matter in the Dáil, when it resumes on Tuesday”.