Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts & Culture Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD has said the government’s plan to purchase the National Monument located at 14 – 17 Moore Street must be followed up with a detailed plan to rejuvenate the wider area.

Deputy Ó Fearghaíl has called on the government to ensure that the National Monument is restored in time for the 1916 centenary celebrations.

The Fianna Fáil spokesperson says the purchase of the site is just one aspect of what is needed to restore the landmark. Deputy Ó Fearghaíl confirmed that Fianna Fáil will shortly publish proposals aimed at rejuvenating the entire area around the National Monument.

Speaking following the announcement Deputy Ó Fearghaíl commented, “I welcome the announcement that the National Monument at Moore Street is to be taken into state ownership.

“The neglect of the Moore Street Monument has gone on for far too long. The government has been too slow to recognise the importance of this unique part of Irish history. Restoration works should be well underway at this stage considering the 1916 centenary celebrations are just over a year away.

“The government must now ensure that the historic, cultural, educational, commercial and tourist potential of the site is realised. It is of fundamental importance that Moore Street and the surrounding area is ready for the upcoming 1916 celebrations.

“According to reports the government is planning to develop the monument as a commemorative centre. I welcome this move but we need further details as to what exactly the government is proposing and when the site will be opened up to the public.

“The onus is now on the government to ensure that the necessary resources are allocated so that the National Monument at Moore Street is fully preserved and open to the public as a museum and commemorative centre in advance of the 1916 centenary celebrations.”