Sinn Féin spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Sport & Tourism Sandra McLellan TD will today lead an Oireachtas delegation to meet Minster for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan to discuss the development of Moore Street.
Deputy McLellan said:
“We are meeting the Minister to reiterate our opposition to the planned destruction of the "lanes of history" associated with the 1916 Rising. The government cannot be allowed oversee destruction of Moore Street
“The Oireachtas Group on Moore Street supports the call of the 1916 Relatives for the full preservation of the historic terrace on Moore Street.
"We will be telling Minister Deenihan that the revised Chartered Land plan is unacceptable.
“We accept, however, that the plan was modified to take into account the Minister's decision regarding the preservation of the National Monument , 14-17 Moore St. But unfortunately these new plans would still see the destruction of most of the east side of Moore St. This is the block occupied by the Republican forces at the end of the 1916 Easter Rising.
"Sinn Féin fully supports the call of the 1916 relatives for the full preservation of the historic terrace and that the Chartered Land revised plan is unacceptable.
“People in all parties feel very strong on this issue and the proposed levelling of most of this area for a giant shopping mall will not be tolerated.
“Sinn Féin wants to see Moore Street fully preserved and developed as the cornerstone of a 1916 Revolutionary Quarter incorporating Moore Street surrounding lanes of history and the GPO, as outlined in our proposal document launched by the party’s president Gerry Adams TD on Easter Sunday ."