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Government proposals to preserve Moore Street ‘totally inadequate’ – McLellan

22 October, 2014

Sinn Féin TD Sandra McLellan has criticised Government proposals to preserve Moore Street as being inadequate, with consideration to the national importance of the site. Deputy McLellan has also highlighted that buildings on the Moore Street site which are due to be demolished, actually qualify for conservation.

Deputy McLellan said:

“The government’s proposals to preserve and develop 14-17 Moore Street, while welcome, are totally inadequate.

“Is the Minister aware that among the buildings on Moore Street that the developer Chartered Land proposes to demolish, are structures which pre-date the 1916 Rising? The reason given for not conserving buildings on this historic site has been that they were post 1916. These are both within the terrace containing the National Monument and within what the Taoiseach has called the ‘lanes of history’.

“The evidence is there to show that many of the structures alleged to be post-1916 do in fact pre-date the Rising.

“Is the Minister aware that the current façade of Number 18 was identified as a pre-1916 structure in the Conservation Report that accompanied the Environmental Impact Study of 2011 by Gráinne Shaffrey?

“Does the Minister realise that this key point was omitted from the Shaffrey Myles Battlefield Report?

“The decision by the government to grant permission for the development of Moore Street in this manner is tantamount to the obliteration of what the National Museum has called the most important site in modern Irish history.

“Sinn Féin fundamentally disagrees with the decision to grant a license to Chartered Land to demolish Moore Street and turn it into a shopping centre.”

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