Belfast Telegraph

Padraig Pearse Easter Rising surrender letter too dear for Irish government

A letter written by Padraig Pearse ordering the 1916 Easter Rising volunteers to surrender will not be bought by the Irish government as it would waste resources, says a minister.

Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys defended the decision not to buy the historic letter as its guide price at an upcoming auction of up to €1.5m (£1.3m) was "rather a lot," she said.

The Pearse letter, written three days before his execution, was brought to the volunteers' garrison in Dublin's Four Courts, which then surrendered. She said the Republic's National Museum already has other surrender letters written by Pearse.

"The cost mentioned was between €1m and €1.5m so there were other pressures that we felt we had to meet.

"There were a number of such letters of a similar type. We felt that to spent €1m or €1.5m on one single letter would be rather a lot," she said.

Minister Humphreys was speaking at the unveiling of a monument at Glasnevin cemetery yesterday - a gift from the people of France to Ireland in recognition of the sacrifice of Irishmen on French battlefields, chiefly during the First World War.

The new France-Ireland Memorial was officially dedicated by French Minister Jean-Marc Todeschini and Ms Humphreys.

The memorial is over seven metres tall and consists of a Celtic cross surrounded by tall leaning rocks. The cross is a replica of a wooden cross created by the 16th Irish Division during the Battle of the Somme at the churchyard at Ginchy in France.

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