Ireland: Politicians debate best way to memorialize 1916 Easter rebellion

CALLS FOR the national monument in Dublin’s Moore Street to be recognised as a “historic battlefield” and preserved as a historic cultural quarter is a “completely and entirely separate” issue from the application currently before the Minister for Heritage.

Jimmy Deenihan told the Dáil it was “not clear how a battlefield site project could be developed” at the site given the existing planning permission for the site where the leaders of the 1916 Rising signed their surrender. He was responding to a Sinn Féin private member’s motion introduced by heritage spokeswoman Sandra McLellan, who said the GPO, Moore Street and the laneways between it and O’Connell street form “the most important battlefield site in modern Irish history”.

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