Moore Street – A Revolutionary Spark
The first week of 2016 has been one of inspiration. Communists, Anarchists, Republicans, Lefties, Gaeilgeoirí, musicians and those concerned about historical revisionism came together in resistance to the demolition of the last stand of the 1916 rising, the Moore Street terrace. Those of various political beliefs have travelled from all corners of the country, and further afield, to show solidarity with those occupying the terrace. It is inspiring to know that in time of need, despite our differences that we will unite under a common banner. I am certain that when the revolution arrives on our doorstep that we will be met with the same unity. Just like the various organisations that fought in the rising.
Moore Street is historically significant as it is where the leaders of the rising surrendered, present at the time of surrender were five of the signatories of the proclamation.
It is ironic that the demolition of site of such historical significance was to take place in the centenary year of the 1916 rising. It speaks volumes for the Free State government and that their interest in commemorating those men and women who sacrificed everything to face off British Imperialism and occupation, for those Free Staters it is nothing but a face saving exercise, they have nothing in common with those who had the backbone to stand up and fight.
Those who are currently occupying the Moore Street terrace are the ones who are truly following in the footsteps of the 1916 revolution. They are the ones who rightfully inherit the memory of 1916, you will not find any Free Stater in that building.
Despite the historical significance of Moore Street it presently represents the resistance to the Ireland that the Free Staters wish to create. One that would take private enterprise over public interest, one that would take private development over historical and national significance.
To demolish the national monument would be a crime by the Free State, property speculators and the capitalists against the Irish people. Continued support and solidarity needs to be shown to the occupiers of Moore Street and we need to assist them as much as possible. We cannot allow the counter revolutionaries to hijack the memory of revolution in our country, we cannot let them demolish nor revise it.
As 2016 goes forward we all need to reflect and ask ourselves, what kind of Ireland do we wish to create and what are we willing to do to make that a reality?
Let 2016 be the year of revolution and victory, lets continue to proceed as we have started.