Moore Street plan must be reached by consensus – Mac Donncha
Commenting on the proposals for the Moore Street and O’Connell Street area by property developers Hammersons, revealed in the media today, Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha said that the Moore Street Consultative Group, established by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has yet to conclude its work and is tasked with reaching a consensus on the future of the Moore Street 1916 Battlefield Site.
Cllr Mac Donncha is a member of the Consultative Group along with other public representatives and campaign groups. He said:
“The Hammersons plan as a concept is an improvement on the now totally discredited Chartered Land plan for a giant enclosed shopping mall that would have obliterated the Moore Street 1916 Battlefield site. However, it remains a concept from Hammersons and there are significant problems with it, including the breaking of the terrace 10-25 Moore Street, occupied by the Volunteers in 1916, to form a new street linking Moore Lane and Moore Street. There is a range of other issues and the detail of what they envisage has yet to be set out by Hammersons.
“This must not be a question of take-or-leave-it with regard to the Hammersons concept. The Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht established the Moore Street Consultative Group to bring all the stakeholders together and to reach a consensus on the future of the area.
“In March 2017, the Group published ‘The Moore Street Report – Securing History’ which recommends ‘the retention of Moore Street and adjacent lanes to capture the sense of how it would have appeared in 1916 – this covers the streets and lanes, key buildings, street paving and lighting. It recognises that this needs to be approached on a practical and authentic basis given that a number of structures in place actually post-date 1916. The preservation of the existing lines of the street and the lanes and the restoration of streetscapes are essential. The retention of historical structures and of the line and form of block 10-25 Moore Street is also integral to this approach.’
“This Report is the basis for reaching consensus on a plan as the Consultative Group continues its work. That plan must include not only the restored and revitalised retail and commercial aspects of the area but also the traditional street traders and, crucially, the State-owned National Monument buildings 14-17 Moore Street. The State has yet to bring proposals to the table on the use of these buildings in which the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic held its final meeting at Easter 1916.
“Moore Street can be the centre of a revitalised historical cultural quarter, commercially vibrant and attractive to visitors from home and abroad. I believe this can be achieved by consensus worked out by the Consultative Group, with all the stakeholders, including Hammersons, and that work must continue.”