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Sunday 20 April 2014

NAMA to finance restoration of Moore Street's 1916 buildings

A plaque on Moore Street in Dublin marking the spot where Irish Republicans leaders were cornered in the 1916 Easter Rising
A plaque on No 16 Moore Street in Dublin marking the spot where Irish Republicans leaders were cornered in the 1916 Easter Rising

A number of buildings of historic significance on Dublin's Moore Street are set to be restored, it was announced in the Dáil today.

The National Monument at Numbers 14 to 17 Moore Street were used during the 1916 Rising by rebellion leaders, but has fallen into decline.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan confirmed today that NAMA is prepared to finance the area's restoration.

An application will be also be made to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan by the end of this month to proceed with plans for a Commemorative Museum.

These announcements mean the area could be fully restored for the 1916 centenary in April of that year, according to Save No 16 Moore Street Committee secretary John Conway.

"We are the group that brought this issue to the attention of the government in 2002 and had the site declared a National Monument," he said.

"Today marks a major landmark and means we are close to the end of a long road whereby the final act of the Easter Rising can be commemorated in a fitting way.

"The plans that we have seen, we fully support as they respect the integrity of the buildings and bring to life the final tragic days of the rising.  These plans can be seen in an animation which we have put on our website."

Irish Independent

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