Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Tourism & Sport, Sandra McLellan TD, has challenged the new Minster for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs to review the decision to grant Chartered Land a license to demolish Moore Street and turn it into a shopping centre.
Speaking in the Dáil this morning during questions to the Minister, Deputy McLellan said:
“On behalf of Sinn Féin I would like to welcome the Minister to her new role as Minster for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs and congratulations on your promotion.
“A priority of course should be the preservation of Moore Street. Sinn Féin fundamentally disagrees with the decision made by your predecessor, Jimmy Deenihan, in granting a license to Charted Land to demolish Moore Street and turn it into a shopping centre.
“I would encourage you to revisit that decision. I would encourage you to review the evidence presented to your department.
“The decision by this government to grant permission for the development of Moore Street to go ahead is tantamount to the obliteration of what the National Museum has called, ‘the most important site in modern Irish history’.
“I welcome the Minister’s comments today that the government is committed to an interpretive centre for 14-17 Moore Street. Unfortunately, if Chartered Land has their way the rest of Moore Street and surrounding lanes of history will be demolished.