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Oireachtas members and Dublin's first citizen refused access to Moore Street site - Mary Lou McDonald TD

15 January, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central and Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has called on Minister Heather Humphreys to explain why expert conservation architects were refused access to the Moore Street heritage site today.

Deputy McDonald said:

“At one o’clock this afternoon, árdmheara Báile Átha Cliath Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh, I and three other members of the Oireachtas, presented ourselves at the National Monument on Moore Street.

Accompanying us were two expert conservation architects. We sought entry to the monument so that the experts, on our behalf, could establish the nature of the works underway and under whose order and supervision there were being done.

However, we were refused access and were turned away.

This is wholly unacceptable and further adds to the sense of alarm as to the nature of the works currently underway.

I have written to Minister Humphreys, as she is the Minister entrusted with the responsibility for the protection of our National Monument, in order to request that she allows the expert conservation architects access to the National Monument on Moore Street.

I ask this on my behalf and on behalf of other concerned members of the Oireachtas so that the nature of the ongoing works can be established.

This government wants to build another shopping centre on this historical site and destroy like, Woodquay, another piece of our national heritage.

We must not let them especially in this centenary year."

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