Sunday 11 December 2016

Time is of the essence if we are to protect the heritage of 1916

Published 05/07/2016 | 02:30

Minister Heather Humphreys: appealing judgment Picture: Tom Burke
Minister Heather Humphreys: appealing judgment Picture: Tom Burke

The 1916 Relatives Centenary Initiative fully supports the welcome call by Trinity College Dublin assistant professor Paul Horan to mark all 1916 battlefields, or what is left of them (Letters, July 2). Moore Street has been described as a "theatre of conflict and the most important historic site in modern Irish history" by the National Museum of Ireland.

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The response of the minister charged with the protection and preservation of our heritage and history is to appeal the recent decision of the High Court that fully supports that position. Under the ownership and control of development company Chartered Land, this historic heart of Dublin had descended into decay and dereliction for over a decade, to such an extent that the State was compelled to purchase four of its buildings for €4m (and counting) in order to protect and preserve them.

In the High Court, Mr Justice Max Barrett, having heard all the evidence in a three-week hearing, held that the entire area in and around Moore Street "so patently comprises a battle site that in truth, even the shortest of visits suffices before manifest disbelief arises that anyone would suggest otherwise".

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