My Leaders’ Question was using the opportunity of appealing directly to the Taoiseach on the Moore Street issue. One positive outcome is the Taoiseach will meet the relatives.
Question: As the area is in NAMA why can the government not take it over completely, acknowledging it is ‘the only city based twentieth century battlefield to survive in all Europe and possibly the world. Historically it is beyond price.’ – comment from Imperial War Museum in London and from our National Museum – ‘the Moore Street Theatre of Conflict is the most important historic site in modern Irish history.’
I will be in touch with Oifig An Taoiseach to set up the meeting as soon as possible.
When he was director of the National Museum of Ireland, Dr. Pat Wallace made these points and it was his considered view that any consent should be mindful of the national historic importance of the Moore Street area, including its laneways and buildings. This was reiterated by the National Museum of Ireland recently when it saw the Moore Street theatre of conflict as the most important historic site in modern Irish history. This is borne out by a recent exchange with the Minister of State, Deputy Jan O’Sullivan, on legislation dealing with areas surrounding a place of architectural significance. We cannot leave it to a self-appointed private group to look after an area of extreme historical significance. If Deputy Enda Kenny is still Taoiseach in 2016, he will not want to be standing outside one part of the building and surrounded by a derelict site. When he meets relatives, I hope an independent review can be discussed.