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Sinn Féin publishes legislation to protect 16 Moore Street

22 April, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has today launched the Local Government (Planning and Development) (Amendment) Bill 2009 which has been drafted by Sinn Féin as part of the party’s efforts to Save 16 Moore Street.

Speaking as he launched the legislation at Leinster House today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The significance of 16 Moore Street and its surrounding buildings in Irish Historical terms cannot be underestimated. It was the final resting place of the rebels of 1916 at the site where the surrender letter was penned by Padraig Pearse on behalf the leaders of the rebellion.

"It would be an absolute travesty if these buildings were to be demolished as part of the plans to develop this quarter. In most other Countries the destruction of such a site would be unthinkable yet we are faced with a very grave threat to this site despite it being named as a National Monument.

"The legislation which we have drafted and put on the Dáil order paper would mandate the Minister to ensure that these buildings are not destroyed as part of the development. We will be seeking time to move the Bill and calling on all parties to support its passage through the Dáil.

"Sinn Féin has proposed the development of a historical and cultural quarter at this site to be associated with the 1916 Rising and linked to the GPO on O’Connell Street.

"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." ENDS

Sinn Féin’s key demands for this site are:

· 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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