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Concern at proposed development of hotel on 1916 site- Councillor Mac Donncha

16 July, 2015 - by Mícheál Mac Donncha

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha has expressed concern at the granting by Dublin City Council's Planning Department of permission for a hotel development on Moore Lane and Moore Street.

Cllr Mac Donncha said:

"We are very concerned at the granting of permission for this hotel development because it does not take into account the historic nature of the site, one of the oldest thoroughfares on the north side of the City and part of the battlefield of the 1916 Easter Rising.

"No independent battlefield site assessment of this area has taken place as recommended by the Moore Street Advisory Committee of Dublin City Council.

"The National Monument 14-17 Moore Street stands on a site around which, under existing planning permissions, all buildings could be levelled, including historic buildings linked to the Rising.

The sale of this Chartered Land property portfolio by NAMA adds further uncertainty.

At its most recent meeting Dublin City Council unanimously called on Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys to intervene.

"What is needed is a new plan for the entire area bounded by Henry Street, O’Connell Street, Parnell Street and Moore Street. Such a plan would respect the 1916 Battlefield site, sensitively develop it as an historic quarter of the city and enhance its retail market and street trading role.

"We will be further appealing the City planners' decision on the hoteldevelopment to An Bord Pleanála."

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