Monday 29 May 2017

Molly Malone won’t be crossing north of the Liffey

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

MOLLY Malone will be wheeling her wheelbarrow nowhere.

The iconic landmark will be staying put on the city’s southside after officials backed down on plans to move the popular statue north of the Liffey.

The Herald can reveal that the Public Art Advisory Group has decided to shelve plans that would have seen Molly relocated to Moore Street.

Two northside councillors – Mary Fitzpatrick (FF) and Nial Ring (Ind) – had proposed the statue be moved in order to cater for the planned Luas link-up.

The two representatives had claimed that Moore Street was Molly Malone's “spiritual home”.

However, the proposal sparked uproar among politicians south of the Liffey, who claim that Molly Malone is rightfully theirs.

It's understood the statue may be relocated to a location nearby on the Southside in order to accommodate the Luas works.

According to Public Arts Manager, Ruairi O'Cuiv, a different piece of art will be commissioned for Moore Street.

“The motion by Cllrs Nial Ring and Mary Fitzpatrick, endorsed by the Central Area Committee, was discussed by the Public Art Advisory Group,” he said.

“It was proposed that, instead of relocating Molly Malone, a new artwork unique to the area should be commissioned as part of the redevelopment of Moore Street.

“This proposal was endorsed by the Public Art Advisory Group,” he added.

Southside councillor Mannix Flynn (Ind) said he did not believe city officials were ever serious about moving the statue to Moore Street.

“While some our friends on the northside believed Molly would be moved, it never really appeared to be a proposal that would take off,” he said.

Meanwhile, city officials are continuing to examine how to revive a plan to extend the Luas north after a row over a petrol station stopped it in its tracks.

City authorities were dealt an enormous blow last month after councillors blocked plans to relocate a Maxol station to make way for the new BXD Luas track.

Dublin City Council and the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) wanted to demolish the station – located on Constitution Hill – in order to extend the Luas from St Stephen's Green to Broombridge in Cabra.

The authorities had struck a deal with the garage owners, to relocate it to Oscar Traynor Road in Santry. However, the plan sparked a furious backlash from residents and was stopped in its tracks by councillors.

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