Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Sinn Fein appeal over 1916 site wins support

By Rebecca Black

Published 02/02/2016

Niall Ó Donnghaile
Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Fein has convinced Belfast City Council to lobby the Irish government to preserve a key site from the Easter Rising in Dublin.

Sinn Fein councillor Niall O Donnghaile proposed that the council should call for the Irish Government’s Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys to halt works going on at Moore Street terrace in Dublin, to protect the location where the Easter Rising was planned.

Mr O Donnghaile described Moore Street as being as important to republicans as the Ulster Tower is to unionists. However, DUP councillor Brian Kennedy pointed out that Dublin is outside the council’s jurisdiction.

Ulster Unionist Jeff Dudgeon added: “Best leave it for the Free State government to decide how they spend their money.”

Independent unionist Ruth Patterson said the council should “not be sticking its nose into a foreign jurisdiction”.

The vote was passed by 24 votes to 18, with Sinn Fein, the SDLP and People Before Profit councillor Gerry Carroll voting for, and DUP and UUP councillors against. Alliance did not vote and the PUP was not present for that debate.

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