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Minister upset over 1916 monument
25 Nov 2014 21:09
Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said she is disappointed with the lack of support from Dublin City Council for the development of a tribute to the leaders of the 1916 Rising.
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Ms Humphreys said the council chose not to support a plan that would have released NAMA funding for the development of a tribute on Moore Street.
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The minister was speaking at an Oireachtas Joint Committee this afternoon.
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Ms Humphreys said she believed the proposal put before the council provided a real opportunity to have the restoration work completed and the commemorative centre open in time for the centenary of the Rising in 2016.
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She said it is now a matter for the council and the monument owners to consider what the implications are for the national monument buildings.
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Ms Humphreys also said her department's functions in the case are essentially completed, but that she would continue to support all appropriate initiatives to secure the restoration of the national monument.
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She said she will shortly be meeting the members of the council's Moore Street Advisory Committee to go through the process with them and encourage them to try to advance a solution that would see the restoration project moving forward.
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