1916 rebel site must be protected, says Fianna Fáil

The final HQ for the 1916 rebels in Dublin’s Moore St needs to be turned into the hub of a historic quarter, says Fianna Fáil.

1916 rebel site must be protected, says Fianna Fáil

After the Government finally moved to buy the dilapidated houses for €4m, Fianna Fáil said more imagination needed to be deployed in revamping them.

The party has brought forward a Dáil bill to set out how the site should be preserved. The plans would see it become part of an historic part of Dublin’s city centre in a similar way to how Temple Bar was turned into a cultural and tourist hub.

Fianna Fáil senator Darragh O’Brien said: “Moore St is the birthplace of the Republic and it must be treasured as one of our most important national monuments. Our bill will establish a development company that will have powers to compulsory purchase land with the aim of revitalising the Moore St area.

“The Moore St site is of historic significance and should be given the prominence that it deserves.”

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The Fianna Fáil plan has been supported by the Save 16 Moore Street Committee.

James Connolly Heron, grandson of James Connolly said: “We commend this new and welcome initiative by Fianna Fáil. It goes much further than the Government’s plan to only protect the 1916 national monument. In doing this we believe it not only reflects the wishes of the campaign and the 1916 relatives, but also the vast majority of the Irish people.”

Dublin councillor Seán Haughey said: “The position taken by the Fianna Fáil city councillors in opposing the original proposals for the Moore St area has been vindicated in recent weeks. The position we took, in partnership with other stakeholders, embarrassed the Government into finally taking action to protect the national monument at Moore St.

“However, securing ownership of the buildings is not enough.”

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