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Government purchase of Moore Street important first step - McLellan

31 March, 2015

Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson for Culture and Heritage Sandra McLellan has said that the announcement that the Government would be purchasing 14- 17 Moore Street was a welcome development, but that the focus needs to remain squarely on the preservation of the full terrace of the area that is to be developed into a 1916 historical Quarter.

Deputy McLellan said:

“I have been calling on Minister Humphreys to guarantee the protection of the National Monument 14 - 17 Moore Street for many months now. I'm pleased that she has taken steps to actively pursue its preservation by purchasing the buildings. The National Monument will now be in ownership of the state. This is to be welcomed, however, and full details on the developments are needed.”

“Number 14-17 Moore Street, the last headquarters of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic in 1916 and the surrounding battlefield site must be preserved in a way that is authentic and true to the area's history and character. All those who have tirelessly campaigned for the area's full preservation will still be insisting that this is guaranteed. The recent vote by Dublin City Council to prevent a land swap deal with developers of Chartered Land was a key step in ensuring its protection.”

“I wait on the disclosure of further plans from the Minister for the battlefield site in its entirety.” 

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