A politician has said he is “frustrated” at the Government’s refusal to declare Moore Street on the northside of the capital a national monument.
Deputy Peadar Toibin – Sinn Fein’s spokesperson on Culture – said notification that a parliamentary question to Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan on this matter was disallowed by the Ceann Comhairle.
According to Deputy Toibin, “The question simply asked Minister Madigan if it was her view that the Moore St [Rising] battlefield site is a national monument.”
Deputy Toibin said that Fine Gael and Minister Madigan have “reverentially articulated the importance” of the location from the 1916 battle for independence.
However, he also claims that the party have “opposed every effort” to designate Moore Street as a national monument.
Deputy Toibin said: “The basis upon which the minister refused to answer the question directly contradicts the Court of Appeal judgement on Moore Street which stated that [the court] could not determine what constituted a national monument.
“The ruling says, ‘The designation of a monument as a national monument ultimately calls for political and, in some instances, perhaps, administrative judgement’.
“The truth is that at every juncture possible, Fine Gael and Minister Madigan have reverentially articulated the importance of the Moore St battlefield site but opposed every effort, [whether] legal, political and campaigning, to have the site designated as a national monument.
“The only reason why Fine Gael would seek to prevent Moore St’s designation as a national monument is that they envisage and would allow development at the site that is not in keeping with its status as a national monument.
“This entrenched view is the reason why this really important historic quarter has been consumed by legal battle after legal battle and lies derelict today.
“The Minister is squandering an opportunity to revive a key city centre quarter in a manner that would inject energy and vibrancy, safeguard the livelihoods of the iconic Moore St traders and do justice to its status as the birthplace of the nation,” said Deputy Toibin.