Statement on the content of the Moore Street Advisory Committee Report issued in April 2013
I would like to congratulate Councillor Nial Ring for his contribution to making the legacy of the 1916 in Moore Street a live issue on this council against the wishes of management and the developers. Previous councils have been only too glad to see the issue sidelined.
I would like to support the recommendations of Cllr Ring’s committee and thank those committee members who contributed to the positive outcome. The recommendation that the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht withholds consent for any encroachment on the National Monument site is to be particularly welcomed.
I also welcome the recommendation for the Minister to commission an independent battlefield site assessment for the whole site which will then be considered by the committee.
I am also glad to see that the report also recognises the importance of No.10 Moore Street and calls for the retention of this building with such a historical legacy.
I sincerely hope that the Minister supports the recommendations of this report and we finally begin to see official recognition of the cultural heritage of probably the most important site in Irish history.
With this stage of the committee’s work completed I would hope that some attention is now given to the dubious planning history of this site and that the unanswered questions in relation to this are addressed.