Save Moore Street Campaign successfully launched
Dublin Sinn Féin this evening held a candlelight vigil to highlight their proposals for the preservation of Moore Street. The campaigners are calling for Moore Street to be preserved as one of the key battlefield sites of 1916 and will launch a broad-based campaign in January aimed at urging the government to retain and conserve Moore Street and its environs.
Speaking this evening Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha said:
“The City Council majority, led by Sinn Féin, quite rightly rejected the proposal from Council management to do a deal with a developer which would have resulted in the demolition of most of the historic Moore St terrace which was occupied by the Volunteers at the end of Easter Week. The National Monument 14-17 Moore St and the rest of the terrace remain in place and the campaign's immediate task is to ensure that they remain intact until a new plan is put in place and implemented. Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys who met with the Council's Moore Street Advisory Committee this week needs to take responsibility. She needs to bring together all stakeholders to put in place a new plan to replace the proposed giant shopping centre that no-one wants except a NAMA developer.”
Sinn Féin's North West Inner City representative Janice Boylan who is part of a family of street traders said:
“Moore Street is steeped in history and I am committed to protecting the street for both its 1916 connection and because my family have been street traders for the past five generations, starting with my great grandmother Maggie Burke all the way down. I would love to see the Moore Street of old returned where people came from far away to buy fresh fruit vegetables, flowers and fish.”
Councillor Ciaran O Moore, whose grandparents both fought in 1916 also spoke at the event of his desire for the street to be preserved as a Battlefield site, so future generations can learn about the birth of the state and how much was sacrificed by their ancestors in order to achieve this aim.
Lynn Boylan MEP, closing the vigil said:
“This site should be protected and preserved as a cultural quarter, I have raised the issue at a European level and I will be an active voice in the Campaign to Save Moore Street.”