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Moore Street must not be destroyed for white elephant shopping centre - Cllr MacDonncha

3 November, 2014

Speaking in advance of tonight's Dublin City Council vote on a proposed Moore Street land swap with Chartered Land, Sinn Féin deputy leader on the Council Mícheál Mac Donncha said:

"We are urging all councillors to vote against the council management's proposed land swap deal with the developer Chartered Land. This deal would see the demolition of most of the historic Moore Street terrace occupied by Republican forces at the end of Easter Week 1916.

"The developer himself has admitted that the giant shopping centre as planned will never be built. He clearly intends to 'flip' the site, selling it on to other interests. So not only is this an unwanted shopping centre, it is also not likely to be built in the form for which permission was granted. It is essentially a white elephant in exchange for which council management is asking us to give the green light for the demolition of one of the most historic sites in the country.”

"If the proposed deal is rejected at tonight's City Council meeting full backing should be given for an independent battlefield site survey. The developer is legally obliged to protect and preserve the National Monument 14-17 Moore Street and the Minister for Heritage has a duty to protect the whole site. This is not about cutting a ribbon at Easter 2016 - it is about retaining and sensitively restoring and developing one of the most important battlefield sites in Europe."

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