1916 Battlefields Saved

Fianna Eireann

Image copyright Julie Corcoran Photography, 2016.

Today, in the Irish High Court, Mr Justice Max Barrett passed judgement in favour of the case made by the 1916 Relatives Association with support from a new generation of Irish volunteers.  This judgement, against the position of the government, will protect important 1916 battle sites beside the GPO around Moore Street from demolition.

Sadly a proportion of 1916 battlefield sites were deemed unimportant by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphries and her government. Now the High Court has ordered that she must reconsider her position.

You can read the full story here from the Irish Times including a synopsis of the 400 page judgement by Mr Justice Max Barrett.

2 thoughts on “1916 Battlefields Saved

  1. Thank goodness common sense prevailed in the High Court. I can’t fathom how a minister for Arts, Heritage and Gealtacht could be so indifferent to the importance of preserving these historical places.

    • Absolutely! It goes to show how important people power really is, just because someone is a minister for culture, doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll make the best decisions, in a democracy it’s up to the citizens to keep government in check!

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