Fianna Fáil has signed a Private Members Motion calling for the preservation of Moore Street and has called on Fine Gael and the Labour Party to do the same.

FF Whip Seán Ó Feraghaíl TD commented: “The commemoration of the Easter Rising and the importance of Moore Street in that context is an issue of national significance and must not be allowed to be used by any one political party for narrow partisan reasons.

“The Fianna Fáil party in Government brought in a National Preservation Order to protect the site in 2007, and we are conscious that individual TDs from parties on all sides of the House feel strongly about the need for this important site to be given the sort of recognition and respect that it deserves.

“The centenary of 1916 is a source of immense pride for this country and it is essential that the campaign to preserve and protect the National Monument at Moore Street continues to be an entirely cross-party campaign.  For this reason, the Fianna Fáil party in Dáil Éireann will be signing another opposition party’s motion calling for the site to be preserved and protected in its entirety.

“I now call on the Whips in Fine Gael and the Labour Party to follow our lead, engage on this issue and support the motion.  Our national heritage is too important for party political games and by joining Fianna Fáil in supporting this motion, Dáil Éireann as a whole can show the country that we are serious about giving the Easter 1916 centenary the respect and commemoration it deserves.”