Government must ensure the implementation of a proper plan for Moore Street – Adams
Speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil this afternoon, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called on An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to ensure that the historic quarter at Moore Street is redeveloped in the respectful and dignified manner befitting of its status.
Deputy Adams said:
“Last week, during the first week of the centenary year of the Easter Rising, relatives of those who took part in the Rising and other activists were forced to act to prevent irreparable damage being done to the National Monument on Moore Street by occupying buildings on the historic terrace.
“The Moore Street area is one of the most important historical and cultural locations in our country. The National Museum has described it as 'the most important site in modern Irish history'. Yet, whilst it is now in State ownership, the Minister responsible persists in carrying out the discredited plan devised by the developers. Developers should not be setting the agenda.
“In no other country in the world, whatever the complexion of politics, would such an iconic site be in the state it is at present.
“The Taoiseach and the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht must suspend the planned works and go back to the drawing board in conjunction with all of the stakeholders involved - the relatives, the campaigners, the traders and the local community.
“The Government must ensure that the historic quarter at Moore Street is redeveloped in the respectful and dignified manner befitting of its status. They must give a commitment to ensure that the entire battlefield site is developed as a historic quarter, and that all necessary steps are taken to ensure that happens.
“Such an initiative would provide a huge economic boost to Dublin. It would be a major tourist attraction, an educational hub and a fitting memorial to the men and women of 1916.”