It is a real disgrace that an appropriate and meaningful memorial has yet to be created at the site of the National Monument on Moore Street. I commend the relatives, friends and supporters of the Save 16 Moore Street Campaign and have always been happy do anything I can to support the objective of creating a battlefield museum in the streets, lanes and buildings between the GPO, Moore Street and Parnell Street. When I met recently with members of the campaign and Micheal Martin TD, leader of Fianna Fail, we discussed the pending decision from the Minister Jimmy Deenihan for Ministerial Consent to undertake works at the site. The campaign group expressed deep concern that permission would be granted that might undermine the integrity of the site and real disappointment that the Taoiseach, since becoming Taoiseach, has been so far unavailable to meet with them. To support their request for a meeting with the Taoiseach I proposed a motion at the July ’12 Central Area Committee requesting the Taoiseach meets with the Campaign group prior to the granting of Ministerial consent. The motion was passed and a written request has been sent to the Taoiseach from the Central Area Committee calling “on Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D., to meet with the members of the Save 16 Moore Street group prior to the Minister making a decision on the application for “Ministerial Consent” to undertake work on the National Monument on Moore Street”.
Lets hope Enda Kenny finds some time to meet with the relatives of the 1916 heros without whose personal sacrifice in the streets of Dublin there might not be an office of An Taoiseach for him to occupy today. Mary