Speaking in relation to the first meeting of Dublin City Council's Moore St. Advisory Committee since the local elections, Sinn Féin Councillor and Committee member Mícheál Mac Donncha said the campaign to save historic Moore St. must be stepped up. He said:
"The campaign to save the National Monument 14-17 Moore St. and to prevent the destruction of the rest of Moore St. and the 'lanes of history' inextricably linked to the 1916 Rising, has gained national and international support.
"The future of this quarter of our City must not be left to a NAMA developer, Chartered Land, which plans to engulf the National Monument in a giant shopping mall. The granting of consent by the last Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Jimmy Deenihan for the developer to proceed with works on and around 14-17 Moore St. is by no means the end of the matter. The consent of City Council planners and Councillors to further steps is required before the developer can proceed.
"We in Sinn Féin, as the largest party on Dublin City Council are very clear. We will do all in our power to prevent the Chartered Land plan from going ahead. Instead we want to see Moore St. and the 'lanes of history' developed as an Historic 1916 Quarter. The campaign to save Moore St. must be stepped up in the months ahead and we intend to be to the fore in advancing that campaign."