Concerns are being raised that Pádraig Pearse’s final letter of surrender is set to leave Ireland.
By Irish Examiner Staff
The hand written document – which calls for the surrender of rebel forces during the Easter Rising – is currently on display at the GPO.
It will be sold by auction this evening and is expected to fetch between €1m and €1.5m, but the Government says it cannot afford to buy it.
Stuart Cole of Adam’s auctioneers says it is a unique document.
Mr Cole said: “It is the last official act of Pearse before he is shot three days later.
“It has been widely described by most historians as one of the most historic documents of the period.”
The Government has indicated it is not going to make a bid for the letter – saying it would not be the best use of taxpayers’ money.
James O’Halloran – Managing Director of Adam Auctioneers – says it is disappointing: “The concern I suppose that we have is that most of the interest that has been expressed in it, so far has been abroad.
“The current owner, the person who bought it from us back in 2005, is non-Irish and lives outside of the country and if it doesn’t sell he had indicated to us that he will be taking it out of the country.”