Developer refuses Minister's request to meet with Moore St Advisory Forum - Peadar Tóibín TD
Hammersons, the developer who owns a significant part of the Moore St Cultural Quarter is refusing to engage with the Moore St Advisory Forum for the purpose of helping to develop the area sympathetically.
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Culture and Heritage, and Caithoirleach of the Oieachtas Joint Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Peadar Tóibín TD said;
“The Moore St Advisory Forum was created by the Minister for the purpose of gathering all the stakeholders involved in the Moore St Battlefield Site to work together and develop a new Cultural and Historical Quarter.
"All the relevant stakeholders have gathered together over the last 18 months and started to plot a route to a new vibrant quarter. All except one; Hammersons. The developers who own the land.
“We have invited Hammersons to the forum on a number of occasions. We have sought a private meeting between them and a delegation of elected representatives. But to no avail. They have stated that they will not engage with us until after the appeal of the High Court decision on Moore St is complete.
“The problem with this is that whatever the result the decision maybe appealed. This means that in reality a significant section of the city, one with so much commercial and cultural potential will be locked into a under used, semi derelict, sterile state for another 5 or 6 years.
“The truth is it that is in the best interest of Hammersons' to work with the campaigns, the community and their elected representatives.
"Whatever commercial development they seek will run into difficulties without the necessary goodwill of all the stakeholders.
"Just in the last few weeks we have seen Dublin City Council unanimously approve the process to list five buildings in the Moore Street area.
"This will signal the end of the planning permission for the areas as it is currently constituted. I am also researching the development of a new Bill which would allow the Dáil to declare the Moore St quarter a National Monument. These two initiatives would radically change the nature of future development."