Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern TD announces Location for New Landmark Peace Monument
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern T.D. today unveiled the location for the new landmark peace monument. He also announced that an international competition to design and construct the permanent structure would commence very shortly.
The Minister said the Government wanted the monument to act as a symbol of hope and promise for current and future generations.
Speaking at the proposed monument site at Carrickcarnan Co. Louth, the Minister stated:
“This is an appropriate moment to mark the dramatic strides that have been made in building peace on the island of Ireland. Many people from a wide range of backgrounds have contributed to the ending of conflict and the realisation of peace, and it is fitting to honour and recognise that collective achievement through public art in an appropriate setting”.
“I very much hope that the exceptional success of the peace process will resonate with its audience on two levels - to never, ever be complacent about our hard-won peace, and to look towards a brighter future, one of exciting new possibilities for the island and its people.”
“The decision to erect a peace monument delivers on a commitment in the Programme for Government. In the words of An Taoiseach at Arbour Hill last April, this monument will “stand as a symbol of the achievements of all communities and individuals who have worked so hard to deliver peace these past decades. It will send out a clear message to the coming generations - that the peace we have built is to be cherished. It should never be taken for granted”.
“It is the Government’s intention to launch the international competition as soon as possible, with an Expert Jury to include appropriate representation from Northern Ireland. It is also hoped to explore the potential for a programme of North/South artistic and educational activities inspired by the monument.
Note for Editors
In his speech at Arbour Hill on 22 April 2007, the Taoiseach
announced that the Government would allocate €5 million for a major
international competition to design and construct a landmark Peace
Monument to be located in the border region. He envisaged designers
and artists proposing projects on the same scale as the Spire of
Dublin or the Angel of the North in Britain.
A suitable site has been identified at Carrickcarnan in Co. Louth, near the Louth-Armagh border, and it is intended to develop the monument at this site subject to the necessary planning requirements. This site has been in state ownership for several years and no purchase or transfer is required.
An allocation of €5 million has been ear-marked for this project to be disbursed during the time period envisaged for the project, i.e. 2008-2010.
A Project Steering Group has been established including representatives from the Department of the Taoiseach, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Office of Public Works to oversee the international competition and subsequent management and delivery of the project.
It is intended to launch an open international design competition in the months ahead. The final design will be selected by an Expert Jury.
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