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Plan offers alternative vision for Moore Street – Cllr. Críona Ní Dhálaigh

27 October, 2016 - by Críona Ní Dhálaigh


The Moore Street Battlefield Site plan published today offers an alternative vision for the area, as opposed to demolition and a giant shopping mall, stated Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh at the launch of the Plan in Dublin’s Mansion House today. 

Published by the Lord Mayor’s Forum on Moore Street and commissioned by Cllr. Ní Dhálaigh during her term as Ard Mhéara/Lord Mayor, the Plan proposes the preservation and sensitive development of the site as an historic quarter of the city, with special emphasis on the GPO escape route. Cllr Ní Dhálaigh said: 

 “During my term as Ard Mhéara from June 2015 to June 2016 I prioritised the saving of Moore Street and the Battlefield Site and the campaign to develop an historic 1916 cultural quarter at the heart of our capital city. Working with the Lord Mayor’s Forum on Moore Street I established an expert working group who developed this document. 

“I am delighted today to launch this Plan which demonstrates clearly that the choice in Moore Street and the Battlefield Site today is NOT between the current neglect and dereliction of the area and a giant shopping mall that would involve the destruction of the battlefield site. 

“No, there is another way. We can preserve and protect the entire 1916 terrace 10-25 Moore Street and the lanes of history and we can create a cultural and historical quarter with a thriving street trading and commercial life. 

“This Plan offers a vision of how such a quarter might look. It is not by any means exclusive of other plans or visions. It is not a detailed blueprint. But it does draw together the history of the battlefield site, describes it in detail, tells the story of the campaign to preserve it and offers a view on how it might be preserved and developed sensitively. 

“The demolition and shopping mall plan is thoroughly discredited and I believe it will never see the light of day. This is about the alternative.

“I welcome the recent establishment by Minister Heather Humphries of the Moore Street Consultative Group to chart the way forward for the Battlefield site. I welcome the fact that the Group has been given a wide remit and has begun its work. Let us hope that progress can be made. Government must give leadership.” 

 

Full text follows: 

Lord Mayor’s Forum on Moore Street

Battlefield Site Plan – Launch 27 October 2016

Cllr. Críona Ní Dhálaigh

 

Cuirim fáilte mhór romhaibh uile chun Teach an Árd Mhéara agus muid ag seoladh Plean Sráid Uí Mhordha atá foilishte ag Fóram an Ard Mhéara. 

Bhí caomhnú Sráid Uí Mhordha agus mar príóreacht agam i rith mo théarma mar Ard Mhéara. D’oibrigh mé le Fóram an Ard Mhéara ar Sráid Uí Mhordha agus chuireamar grúpa oibre ar bun, le seaneolaithe atá tar éis na moltaí sa Phlean seo a cheapadh. Molaim an Plean daoibh. 

You are all very welcome to the Mansion House for the launch of the Moore Street Battlefield Site Plan produced by the Lord Mayor’s Forum on Moore Street. I wish to thank the current Lord Mayor Brendan Carr and my predecessor as Ard Mhéara Christy Burke for facilitating this process. 

I want to especially welcome all of you who have been working so hard to save this vital part of our national heritage. Your work was never more relevant and essential than it has been this year, the Centenary of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic and the Easter Rising of 1916. 

Through your efforts over many years you ensured that the last headquarters of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic was still standing in this Centenary year. We all know that it would have been rubble many years ago if so-called developers and planners had got their way. 

Campaigners, including relatives of the Proclamation signatories and of the other executed leaders, as well as descendants of the members of the Easter Week garrisons, have ensured that the historic quarter we seek can indeed become a reality. 

During my term as Ard Mhéara from June 2015 to June 2016 I prioritised the saving of Moore Street and the Battlefield Site and the campaign to develop an historic 1916 cultural quarter at the heart of our capital city. Working with the Lord Mayor’s Forum on Moore Street I established an expert working group who developed this document. 

I am delighted today to launch this Plan which demonstrates clearly that the choice in Moore Street and the Battlefield Site today is NOT between the current neglect and dereliction of the area and a giant shopping mall that would involve the destruction of the battlefield site. 

No, there is another way. We can preserve and protect the entire 1916 terrace 10-25 Moore Street and the lanes of history and we can create a cultural and historical quarter with a thriving street trading and commercial life. 

This Plan offers a vision of how such a quarter might look. It is not by any means exclusive of other plans or visions. It is not a detailed blueprint. But it does draw together the history of the battlefield site, describes it in detail, tells the story of the campaign to preserve it and offers a view on how it might be preserved and developed sensitively. 

As I say in my introduction to this document the demolition and shopping mall plan is thoroughly discredited and I believe it will never see the light of day. This is about the alternative.

I welcome the recent establishment by Minister Heather Humphries of the Moore Street Consultative Group to chart the way forward for the Battlefield site. I welcome the fact that the Group has been given a wide remit and has begun its work. Let us hope that progress can be made. Government must give leadership. 

This Plan can now be used as a resource in the ongoing campaign to save Moore Street and reinforce the argument for the development of the historic quarter. 

Molaim an plean seo daoibh agus go néirí linn uile san obair. 

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