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Doolan-City Management must support Campaign to Save 16 Moore St

5 September, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment & Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, today called on, "City Council management outline what exactly they have done to have 16 Moore St listed and protected."

Speaking ahead of tonight's City Council meeting, Cllr. Doolan, who is the Chair of Dublin City Council's Economic Development & Planning Committee, said:

"I have tabled a question for tonight's City Council meeting calling on the City Manager to outline what steps management have taken to have this building listed. I believe it is important for the public to know what exactly has been done to preserve this important building. It is vital that 16 Moore Street is preserved and restored as a site of national historic importance. It is where the leaders of the 1916 Rising met to finally decide their surrender to British forces. Any development of Dublin should not be at the expense of our heritage.

"I have also tabled a motion for tonight calling on City Council management to support and fully co-operate with the Campaign to Save 16 Moore Street. The Campaign to Save 16 Moore Street has been spearheaded by An Taisce with the support of political parties, historians and members of the public. The campaign has been successful in ensuring that this site has not been reduced to rubble. Having spoken to the City Council's Planning Department I am happy to learn that the building was inspected by City Council architects with a view to documenting it's architectural and historic importance and also identifying the works needed to be done. I believe this is positive and is the first step in the process to have the building listed, preserved and ultimately restored to reflect its historic role in modern Irish history. I stressed to the planners the urgency in completing the report so Dublin City Council can have the building listed and any repairs carried out as a matter of urgency. This important report should be ready within 6 weeks and should pave the way for the building being listed and restored as a historic site. While immediate repairs can be carried out sooner."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, called on, "the Minister for Environment, Dick Roche, to put money where his mouth is and to make funds available to assist in the full restoration of 16 Moore Street."

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