Sinn Féin spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Tourism & Sport, Sandra McLellan TD, has today expressed deep regret that the government continues to drag its heels on the development and protection of Moore Street.
Speaking during Minster’s question time in the Dáil today, Deputy McLellan said:
“I am sure the Minster will agree that there is a need to protect and develop the Moore Street National Monument. Moore Street is an area already acknowledged as the most important modern historic site in Ireland.
“But this government has unfortunately taken a light touch approach to the whole development.
“The government’s proposals to turn 14-17 Moore Street into an interpretative centre is welcome but fails to match the reality that this is the most important historic site in modern Irish history. The rest of the terrace is to be demolished. The lanes surrounding Moore Street are to be bull dozed and covered by a mall.
“Sinn Féin has sent an independent report on number 18 Moore Street to the Minister for Arts, Heritage, And Gaeltacht Affairs. I can only presume the Minister read that report and would agree with its conclusion, ‘that the building should be fully surveyed and recorded in detail.’
“I hope the Minster agrees that no building should be demolished until the department agrees to have a full report compiled and made public on number 18 Moore St.
“In any other state these laneways of history would be preserved and would be a vital place of remembrance.
“The entire Moore Street battlefield site should be developed and protected as a national monument.
“This would be a fitting centre piece for the centenary and an economic boost to the north inner city as well as a prestigious international educational and a tourist facility.
“The Oireachtas Group on Moore Street and the Relatives of 1916 have sought a meeting with the Minster on the matter. You had agreed to meet following the submission of the new plans from Chartered Land. They have now been submitted so we should meet without delay.
“Unfortunately the Minster continues to deny us a date for this important meeting.”