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Home Journal Archives Journal 93 - October 2012 Campaign to Preserve 16 Moore Street, Dublin.

Campaign to Preserve 16 Moore Street, Dublin.

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Arising from a meeting on April 27th in Dublin  by a group of relatives  of the Easter Week 1916 Rising  and politicians from  the Irish Parliamentary Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Connolly Heron, great-grandson of  Irish Citizens Army leader James Connolly, said that the campaign  to protect Dublin's  historic Moore Street area  will one of the most  important preservation campaigns  since Wood Quay in the 1970's. The comments were made following a tour around the area of the General Post Office and Moore Street  which is scheduled to be redeveloped.

In March the An Bord Pleanala ( The Planning Board)  approved planning permission  for a major development of the Carlton Cinema site  which occupies  a 2.7 hectare site  taking in most of a block of Upper O'Connell Street  and fronting onto Henry Street, Moore Street, O' Rahilly Parade, Parade and Parnell Street. This area  covers most of the route taken by the leaders of the Easter Week 1916 Rising  after they left  the General Post Office where they had been for mist of the week  and 16 Moore Street which was their final headquarters and where  the decision to surrender was taken.

Developer Joe O'Reilly, who built the south Dublin Dundrum Town Centre, has been granted planning permission granted for an 800,000 sq. ft. development comprising 98 retail units, 69 residential units, 12050 sq. ft. of restaurants and coffee houses and parking for 700 cars.

Addressing the Parliamentary Committee. John Heron Connolly, who is a member of the ' Save 16 Moore Street Committee ', said that the State needed to a proactive role in the preservation of the area, an issue which was too important to left in the hands of a private developer. Nos. 14 to 17 Moore Street is a designated National Monument and under the development plans the facade of the buildings will be preserved and an a 1916 Rising Commemorative Centre constructed in No.16.  However campaigners are proposing that the interior of the these building be preserved in its original condition as this was where the leaders of the 1916 met for the last time and have called on the Government to establish a museum in it along the lines of the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam.

Home Journal Archives Journal 93 - October 2012 Campaign to Preserve 16 Moore Street, Dublin.

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