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Deep disappointment at DCC planners’ Moore Street decision

Date Released: 14 January 2022

James Connolly Heron, the great grandson of 1916 leader James Connolly, on behalf of The Moore Street Preservation Trust and the Relatives of the Signatories to the Proclamation, has expressed a “deep sense of disappointment at the decision by the Dublin City Council planners to allow the Hammerson plan for the redevelopment of Moore Street and its environs to go ahead by granting permission to two of its three planning applications”.

Responding to the notice by the City Council that permission has been granted, James Connolly Heron said:

“This is another significant blow to the unique heritage of Dublin which is increasingly under attack by developers. The failure of the Planners to abide by City Council policy to have the 1916 terrace added to the list of protected structures is shocking.

“The decision is all the more remarkable since:

· Consent has been granted by Planners before all relevant survey reports were made available to them for consideration

· They have ignored the express wish of the elected members to have Nos. 10 to 25 Moore Street added to the list of protected structures.

· They have ignored the call of the Department for a redesign of the Hammerson proposal.

This decision will not stand unchallenged.”

Mr. Connolly Heron called for Ministerial Intervention:

“The Moore Street Preservation Trust and the Relatives of the 1916 Leaders repeat our call on the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien as guardian of our history and heritage to act urgently and undertake to protect and preserve all 1916 buildings and the surrounding battlefield site through the issuing of Preservation Orders.

“This action is imperative as the buildings and site is in grave danger of being demolished and lost forever in the commercial interest of Hammerson.

“There is an alternative plan available for the positive development of Moore Street. It was produced by the Moore Street Preservation Trust and has been widely welcomed

“The Trust’s alternative design fulfils all of the recommendations demanded by the Department of Housing and Heritage, and The Moore St. Advisory Group to the Minister. It is the only plan to do so.

“We urge all of those who support the efforts to protect the Moore Street Battlefield site to write to Minister O’Brien and urge him as Minister to impose the preservation orders now needed to protect a vital part of our national heritage from the wrecking ball.

“The Minister must make it clear that no Ministerial consent will be granted for any development that does not fully recognise and respect the status of this historic site.”

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