Saturday 21 April 2018

Let's look after our statues

Sir- Ruth Dudley Edwards' illuminating article 'Leave the statues alone: they're part of our history' (November 29) has a resonance with plans that are currently being considered much closer to home.

While not tainted with the 'embarrassing baggage' of Thomas Jefferson and Cecil Rhodes it seems some of our well known monuments on College Green are in danger of being toppled from their perch in the interests of progress. Dublin City Council are presently seeking redesign submissions for the pedestrianising of this area with the stated intention of relocating the Henry Grattan and Thomas Davis monuments to a spot as yet to be determined. I hope those with responsibility for the reconfiguration process pause to reflect on the historical associations of the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College and their relationship to these monuments.

Taking Henry Grattan in the first instance; the former House of Parliament, now Bank of Ireland, was once referred to as 'Grattan's Parliament'. Perhaps the Bank would agree to rehouse this illustrious gentleman in the concourse of their own building. Perhaps it could be repositioned on Foster Place once the proposed removal of the existing plane trees has been carried out. One way or the other, to give the monument its context, Grattan should remain within view of the former Parliament Building, there is nowhere else in the city with the same connection.

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