Call to protect 1916 'last-stand' terrace
Published 11/01/2011 | 05:00
Dublin city councillors last night called for the entire Moore Street terrace where the 1916 rebellion leaders made their last stand to be declared a national monument.
With the centenary of the Easter Rising approaching, the councillors voted by an overwhelming majority to have the whole terrace protected, in response to a partial demolition of buildings at the rear of the terrace by the council recently.
A number of councillors expressed suspicions about the demolition, including Labour councillor Emer Costello, who pointed out that it had occurred during the Christmas period without any councillor being notified.
Last night, Ms Costello told the Irish Independent that there was now "a unique opportunity" to develop a site of huge national importance, along similar lines to that commemorating Anne Frank in Amsterdam.
She said that, given the fact that many prospective developers were either in NAMA or could not get backing from the banks, it was a good time for the Government to step in.
Cllr Costello called on Environment Minister John Gormley to respond to last night's vote.
At the meeting, assistant city manager Michael Stubbs said that part of the upper stories of 17 and 18 Moore Lane were demolished as they were considered dangerous.