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Moore Street Battle Field site in flux as British property giant adjusts strategy - Peadar Tóibín TD

25 July, 2018

Cathaoirleach of the Oireachtas Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Committee Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has voiced significant concerns in relation to the future of the Moore St Battlefield Site in Dublin.

An Teachta Tóibín said:

“The Moore St Battle Field Site was the location of the final stand by many of Volunteers who fought in the GPO in 1916.

"The Volunteers came under heavy machine-gun fire in the lane-ways around Moore St as they set up both the last headquarters of the 1916 Provisional Government of The Irish Republic and the final Council of War.

"Moore St is in many ways the birthplace of the nation. It is also home to wonderful architecture in one of the last extant 18th century streets-capes in Dublin.

"It is populated by street traders who are a key living element of the heritage of Dublin.

“Moore St, just a few feet from the principal street in the country, could be developed into an internationally recognised historical and cultural quarter.

"It could be the engine of significant urban renewal for this section of inner city Dublin. It could be home to a mix of commercial, hospitality, and state stakeholders.

"Its market could rival Covent Garden and the Borough Market of London.

“But this is not the case. Moore St and the Battle Field site is a never ending battle between speculators and developers on one hand and conservationists and the people of Dublin on the other.

"This has left the area a derelict and sterile mess. All the while the Fine Gael government have stood idly by and watch the area disintegrate.

“We have learned just in the last few days that Hammersons who own the site are undergoing significant strategic change.

"The Ministerial Forum on Moore Street have sought unsuccessfully to work with Hammersons in the year since the land bank was flipped by Chartered Lands. 

"My concern is that they will see the site flipped again to another international property developer, with little or no understanding or interest in the value to Ireland of the area.  

"This will in no doubt leave the site in its current run down state for another number of years.

“I am urging Josepha Madigan to stop sitting on her hands to take a proactive approach, to develop the cultural and historical opportunity at 14 to 17 Moore Street, which is in State hands, and become the driving force for real and substantial renewal of this valuable cultural treasure."

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