Future of the Moore Street National Monument looks bright – Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin TD and Cathaoirleach of the Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Peadar Tóibín TD, has warmly welcomed the launch of the Report of the Moore Street Ministerial Forum which has been presented to Minister Humphreys today.
An Teachta Peadar Tóibín who was an active participant and contributor to the forum and the newly published report stated;
“The Moore Street Consultative Forum was announced by Minister Heather Humphreys last year. The group comprised of a cross Oireachtas representation, Dublin City councillors, 1916 Relatives Groups, Moore Street Campaigning Groups, Street Traders and other relevant stakeholders. Myself, Mary Lou McDonald and Councillor Micheál Mac Donncha are very pleased with the outcome of the Forum’s work.
“Our aim and the objective of the forum was to consider how best to preserve and present the history and legacy of Moore Street, and the men and women who battled on that street for an Irish Republic. Moore Street is the most significant extant modern battlefield in Ireland. Much of the street scape and the buildings are still in existence and provide us with a real and physical connection to the events of Easter Week 1916.
“Its situated in a quarter of the city that is calling out for thoughtful, high quality rejuvenation. Its ideally located to become the epicentre of the new vibrant historical cultural quarter. It has unfortunately been allowed to be run down over time. It has become ground zero of a legal battle between Celtic Tiger developers and those who seek to create a fitting tribute to the men and women of 1916, one that educates, informs and inspires future generations of the Irish people and visitors alike.
“Thankfully it seems that wise heads are prevailing and that an accommodation can be reached which may allow for a living breathing National Monument, which facilitates enterprising street traders and a sympathetic commercial development outside of the Moore Street environs. This report is a significant step along this journey. Much credit must be afforded to all the Relatives Campaigns and the Moore Street Campaigns,to the traders, to the High Court challengers and to the manner in which the forum was chaired.
“The campaign for Moore Street has not reached its finality and there remain a number of key steps to be taken. I trust that the government and all the stakeholders will see this report implemented in full.”