Vote may be Council's last chance to save historic Moore Street - Cllr. Mac Donncha
Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha, a member of the Council's Moore Street Advisory Committee, has said the proposal from City Council planners for tonight's (Monday) City Council meeting would see the destruction of most of the historic Moore Street terrace, last headquarters of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic at Easter 1916.
Cllr. Mac Donncha said:
“The proposal from City Council planners would result in the demolition of the historic Moore Street terrace, apart from the National Monument 14-17. The plan would open the way for the destruction of the battlefield site, described by the Taoiseach himself as the ‘lanes of history’, to make way for a giant shopping centre that is neither wanted nor needed.
“This plan involves the Council disposing of its property, 24/25 Moore Street, to a NAMA developer to allow his company Chartered Land, to proceed with their shopping centre. In return the Council would take possession of the National Monument but only at the cost of the destruction of the street and overall battlefield site of which its forms a part.
“The planners are asking the City Councillors to adopt this report even though key recommendations of the Moore Street Advisory Committee have not been met including the preservation of No. 10 Moore Street, where the Volunteers entered the terrace and all of which will be destroyed, except perhaps the gable and facade.
“The recommendation that a battlefield site assessment be carried out has not been met either, although even the assessment carried out by Frank Myles on behalf of Chartered Land identified historic features that will be destroyed under this plan.
“We are urging Councillors to reject this plan. The Moore Street Advisory Committee and campaigners in this cause have so far succeeded in saving 14-17 Moore Street from the destruction planned by developers. We should not give up now. The entire terrace and the battlefield site must be preserved and sensitively developed as an historic quarter of our capital city as well as a thriving commercial district, based on the small shop and street trading role of Moore Street. This is not about having 'something, anything' on which to cut a ribbon at Easter 2016 - it is about the future of this historic area and of our City for many years to come.”