Thursday 25 December 2014

Leave us be, says bakery on 1916 site losing 70 jobs

Published 14/02/2014 | 11:22

Thursday 13 February 2014. Paris Bakery on Moore St. Staff, L to R: Beatrice Douat, Paloma Vaz, Anamaria Mare, Camille Legrand.
BAKERS: (from left) Beatrice Douat, Paloma Vaz, Anamaria Mare and Camille Legrand

MOORE Street's beloved Paris Bakery is set to be demolished with the loss of 70 jobs to make way for structural supports to the houses at 14-17 Moore Street, which were recently declared a national monument as a result of their part in the 1916 Rising.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announced last week in the Dail that NAMA would finance the restoration of the monument buildings.

PLANS

However, the plans to maintain these buildings will mean the demolition of number 18 Moore Street to 'under-pin' the national monument structures, despite the fact that both the Paris Bakery owners and community activists say that 18 Moore Street is also of stark historical significance to 1916.

"The ideal solution is that Chartered Land sees sense and see that part of this building also has elements from the 1916 Rising and that they leave it in situ," said the Paris Bakery's operational manager Stevie Cunningham.

"What we would say is leave us be, leave us here paying our rent on time like we always do and employing 70 people," he added.

According to Mr Cunningham the Paris Bakery (right), at 18 and 19 Moore Street, pictured, cannot afford to relocate their business.

In 2010, Chartered Land was granted planning permission for a large shopping development stretching from O'Connell Street to Moore Street, however no construction got under way and the properties now fall within NAMA's loans portfolio.

Plans to develop the national monument site on Moore Street have, however, been given the go ahead in a NAMA funded project.

Jim Connolly Heron, the great-grandson of James Connolly, met with Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Jimmy Deenihan to discuss Moore Street yesterday. He raised concerns over demolition plans for any of the houses along the Moore Street Terrace which is thought to house many other undiscovered pre-1916 elements.

"Isn't it ironic that a government committed to creating employment are about to fund, through NAMA, the closure of a bakery that employs up to 70 people," Mr Connolly Heron told the Herald.

In a statement Chartered Land said last night “As the premises at 18/19 Moore Street are outside the 14-17 Moore Street National Monument boundary their demolition is a planning matter.”

“The demolition of these buildings has already been approved by Dublin City Council and An Bord Pleanála as part of the overall permission for the Dublin Central development,” they added.

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