Moore Street campaign must continue – Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD was part of the Oireachtas Moore Street support group that met the Minister of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD today to discuss the future development of the national monument at Moore Street and the surrounding laneways of history.

Last week the minister set out his proposals for Moore Street but these exclude the battlefield site.

Speaking afterward Teachta Adams said:

“Last Tuesday I was among a delegation of Oireachtas members who visited the national monument in Moore Street. I was shocked by the state of the buildings. They stand in a state of considerable decay. No other state in the world would allow such an iconic national monument, directly connected to the proclamation of its independence, to deteriorate into such a shameful condition.

“The decision by the Minister, announced on the same day, in respect of 14-17 Moore Street changes important aspects of the plan by Chartered Lands for this part of the battlefield site and is good news but it is a mistake to ignore the laneways of history which are an integral part of the story of 1916 and will see most of Moore Street demolished.

“I am also concerned at the lack of consultation by the minister with the relatives of the 1916 leaders or with the Oireachtas group.

“In his remarks last week the minister emphasised that his responsibility was the national monument at 14-17 Moore Street but I believe that this is an abdication of his wider essential role in helping to preserve the battlefield site which includes the location of the death of the O Rahilly; the surrender and the lanes and houses through which the retreating republican leaders exited the GPO.

“I told the Minister that in my view what is needed is a comprehensive development plan that covers the entire battlefield site and not just the iconic buildings at 14-17 Moore Street.”

Note to Editor:

On 16 July 2013 the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, announced his decision on the consent application for the proposed Chartered Land works at, and in proximity to, the National Monument 14-17 Moore St.

Sinn Féin believes that the campaign to save Moore Street must continue.

We have updated our submission to the Dublin City Council Moore Street Advisory Committee in light of the Ministerial decision:

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, in partnership with Dublin City Council, should enter into direct dialogue with all stakeholders – the 1916 relatives, all property owners in the area and not just Chartered Land, the National Museum, NAMA and other relevant State agencies and NGOs.

The aim of this dialogue should be to frame a new plan, not only to fully preserve the National Monument and the terrace in which it stands, but also to develop the Historic 1916 Quarter/Battlefield Site.

This dialogue and plan should be completed as soon as possible so that as much of the plan as feasible – certainly the Moore Street element – can be implemented for the Centenary of the 1916 Rising in 2016. It is more important to get the plan right and to get it delivered than to reach the 2016 deadline, though that is, of course, most desirable.

The preservation of the National Monument and of Moore Street and the surrounding streetscape would allow for the development of an Historic 1916 Quarter encompassing the entire Moore St/O’Connell St. area. This would have ample scope for commercial and retail development, helping to rejuvenate this neglected part of our capital. A special aim would be to renew and sensitively develop the traditional small shop and street trading role of Moore Street (as recommended by the DCC Moore Street Advisory Committee Report).

The Historic 1916 Quarter/Battlefield site could link up with the recently unveiled plan for the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, thus rejuvenating a very large part of the centre of Ireland’s capital city.

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