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“Battle of Moore Street can still be won” – Ó Caoláin

26 January, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Speaking following the visit to Leinster House of relatives of the 1916 leaders and the Save Moore St. Campaign which secured the support of 25 Oireachtas members for an objection to the proposed Chartered Land development on Moore St., Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

“The battle to save 14-17 Moore Street, the historic battle site and final meeting place of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic at Easter 1916, is far from over. It can still be won.

“While this historic site has been designated a National Monument, a developer plans to level most of it apart from some outer walls of the four buildings. That is totally unacceptable and it would be an abomination if this key part of our heritage was displaced by a shopping mall.

“Today (Tuesday) with Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan I co-hosted relatives of the 1916 leaders and the Save Moore St. Campaign in Leinster House.

“We secured the support of 25 members of the Oireachtas who have now lodged with An Bórd Pleanála a formal objection to the revised planning application from Chartered Land for their proposed major shopping mall development in the Moore St./O’Connell St. area. This cross-party support is an indication of the strong feelings on this issue shared across the political spectrum.

“As we approach the centenary of the 1916 Rising we owe it to the memory of those who died, to the present generation and to our children to fully preserve this site which is hugely important not only for Ireland’s heritage but on an international scale also.”

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