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Sunday 11 December 2016

State remembers the Somme but neglects the heritage of 1916

Published 02/07/2016 | 02:30

The Rising: catalyst that built a nation
The Rising: catalyst that built a nation

July 1 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Battle of the Somme and, as a matter of diplomatic and commemorative progress, members of the Irish Government can be found this week at the Somme representing the Irish State on the sacred battlefields of the Great War.

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Meanwhile, members of the same Government are standing idly by as the listed buildings on the Irish nation's sacred battlefield of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin's Moore Street fall into wrack and ruin due to water damage and other structural faults. One of their number, Arts and the Gaeltacht Minister Heather Humphreys is set to appeal an Irish High Court ruling to preserve one of the Irish nation's most sacred battlefields.

Surely this a disgrace and a shambolic way to treat those Irish people, many of them relatives and descendants of the brave men and women of the 1916 Rising, who want this area restored, preserved as a historical legacy for our future generations. Our Government cannot have it both ways - the Somme battlefield is as sacred to the history of Europe and island of Ireland as Moore Street is to the Irish Republic.

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