Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has given a “cautious welcome” to the decision of the government not to appeal the High Court decision to protect the Moore Street National Monument.
The Taoiseach revealed this decision today when questioned in the Dáil by Sinn Féin leader.
Gerry Adams said:
“In the course of Order of Business in the Dáil today, I asked the Taoiseach if the Minister plans to appeal the High Court judgement to protect the Moore Street National Monument. In his reply the Taoiseach said that ‘the Minister has not decided to appeal this case’.
“However, Mr. Kenny went on to say that the government will be seeking ‘clarification’ from the Judge in respect of ‘one element of the judgement, not about the State or the Minister of the day to declare an entity a National Monument, but to have clarification on the element of the judge’s finding about what the state’s rights are in terms of carrying our work on a National Monument in restoring it.
“The Taoiseach also said; ‘It’s not a case of wanting to appeal the case, there is a requirement for clarification’.
“We need to see what this means in practice.
“There is also concern that the developers may appeal. Chartered Lands is also now seeking a seven-year extension to their planning permission which would see the demolition of much of what the court wants protected.
“The High Court judgement in May against the Government and the developers was a victory for the people of Ireland, and for the concerned relatives of the 1916 leaders and their legal team, who defended the site against those who planned to demolish much of it.
“There is a clear majority in the Dáil and among the public in favour of the preservation of Moore Street and the laneways of history.
“The government needs to move speedily toward the production of a new vision for Moore Street that invests in the battlefield site and creates a national heritage monument that does justice to those who participated in the 1916 Rising.”