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Dublin MEP campaigns to Save No.16 Moore Street

19 April, 2009

Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has lent her support to the campaign to Save No.16 Moore Street and has expressed her opposition to the plans going before An Bord Pleanala next week. The Sinn Féin representative said she wanted to see the development of a historical and cultural quarter associated with 1916 in the area and linking to the GPO on O’Connell Street.

Speaking at the Arms Around Moore Street protest on today (Sunday 19th April) Ms McDonald said:

“Dublin Sinn Féin and the party nationally are fully behind the campaign to Save No.16 Moore street as both a National Monument and to have it preserved as a protected building.

“The significance of this and surrounding buildings in terms of our history cannot be underestimated. 1916 was a defining moment in the history of this island and it acted as an inspiration to people around the globe struggling for freedom and against colonialism.

“It would be an absolute tragedy if the opportunity to construct a comprehensive historical and cultural quarter associated with 1916 and linked to the GPO on O’Connell Street, was lost.

“The potential of such a development would be immeasurable not only in achieving a better cultural, historical and educational appreciation of the period but also in terms of constructing a lasting memorial which could become a major visitor attraction for the Capital.”

Mary Lou set out Sinn Féin’s key demands as:

· The refusal of Ministerial consent under the National Monuments Act to the proposed ‘development’ (destruction) of Nos. 14-17 Moore Street.

· The full preservation of 16 Moore St. and adjoining buildings (14-17), including any and all contents and fittings that date back to 1916, and their conversion to a museum and cultural centre honouring the men and women of 1916.

· The designation of Moore St., O’Rahilly Parade, Moore Lane, Henry Place and O’Connell Street, including the GPO, as an historic quarter and national monument of our capital city and its development for cultural and educational use, with appropriate commercial and residential aspects in keeping with its heritage.

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