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Moore Street raised again at Council of Europe meeting with Irish Ambassador-Lynn Boylan MEP

31 January, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan will again meet with Ms Claudia Luciani, Director of Democratic Governance from the Council of Europe to discuss the Save Moore Street campaign. This time the Irish Ambassador, Peter Gunning, will be in attendance.

Ms Boylan said:

“More than a year after our initial meeting on the issue with the Council of Europe, we are now finally in a position to discuss our concerns with the Irish Ambassador.

During the meeting I will seek to discuss any obligations Ireland may have, as a signatory to the Council of Europe Convention for Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe, to protect Moore Street from commercial development.

14-17 Moore Street has been deemed a National Monument since 2007 and there is a tangible worry that a key element of our historical heritage of unique historical and educational value could be lost at the behest of property developers.”

Ms Boylan continued:

“Under international conventions, the Irish Government is obliged to take into account the cultural and historical context of the protected structures. Under the current plans this is clearly not being adhered to and I will be making that case to the Council of Europe.

I and many others believe that it would be a great shame to deprive future generations of such a powerful and vital site of history.

This situation is now urgent with the relative’s court case against the government plans pending on the 9th of February.”

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