Saturday 27 May 2017

McGuinness wants Moore Street site 'restored to its former glory'

Martin McGuinness with tour guide Proinsias O'Rathaille on a guided walk of Moore Street. Photo: SAM BOAL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND
Martin McGuinness with tour guide Proinsias O'Rathaille on a guided walk of Moore Street. Photo: SAM BOAL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

SINN Fein's presidential candidate Martin McGuinness last night accused other political parties of neglecting the Moore Street site in Dublin where the 1916 leaders made their last stand.

Developer Joe O'Reilly, who built the Dundrum Town Centre, has planning permission for an 800,000sq.ft shopping centre development for the area, which also takes in a block of O'Connell Street.

The 1916 relatives want the area preserved as a battlefield site, but the final say rests with Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan.

At the moment, only numbers 14-17 Moore Street, where the 1916 leaders met after fleeing the GPO, is designated as a national monument, but Dublin City councillors have voted overwhelmingly to extend the designation over the whole terrace.

The Save Moore Street group -- which includes members of the Connolly, Ceannt, Plunkett, Clarke and MacDonagh families -- want the Moore Street terrace and surrounding network of laneways preserved.

Mr McGuinness was given a tour of the area yesterday.

He commented: "If this was any other country, a place like this would be preserved as a national treasure."

"When I think of the billions that were poured down the drain through the bank bailouts, a place like this could have been restored to a sort of glory the people of Ireland would want it to be a thousand times over. This is a national treasure."

Mr McGuinness also spoke yesterday of a British army raid on his house in Derry, when his son Emmet urinated in his trousers.

"He was so frightened of the soldiers coming up the stairs, I could see him urinating," Mr McGuinness told Newstalk radio, adding: "People don't really appreciate what people in the North went through."

Irish Independent

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