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No 16 Moore St debate a red herring and a distraction - Cllr O'Toole

24 August, 2005


Sinn Féin councillor Larry O'Toole has described the controversy over the location of No 16 Moore St as a "red herring and a distraction from the central issue, which is the preservation of this important historical site".

Cllr O'Toole, who is contesting the next general election in Dublin North East, said: "The Thoms Directory of 1917 lists Number 16 Moore St as belonging to the Plunkett family, who were poulters, or chicken sellers, in the area. Examination of the Thoms Directories for 1937 and 1958 confirms the ownership of the site remained in the hands of the Plunkett family, and the building still has a sign saying 'Plunketts' on the front.

"It is also worth recalling that Elizabeth O‚Farrell, the courageous young woman who was a nurse with the volunteers and carried Pearse‚s surrender order around the garrisons in Dublin, confirmed that number 16, the present location, was the last headquarters of the Provisional Government of 1916.

"The furore around the street numbers is a red herring and a distraction from the central issue, which is the preservation of this important historical site, and its conversion into a museum in line with Sinn Féin‚s approved amendments to the Dublin City Draft Development Plan." ENDS

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