Monday 5 December 2016

30 protesters halt restoration works at 1916 Moore Street centre

Published 08/01/2016 | 11:38

16 Moore Street which were occupied by the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Easter Rising.
16 Moore Street which were occupied by the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Easter Rising.

Over 30 protesters are continuing to halt restoration works at the 1916 site on Dublin’s Moore Street over fears that historical structures may be damaged.

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The activists, made up of various political and local groups as well as individuals gained access to the building site yesterday evening.

Workers were forced to down tools as the protesters entered the building, with the group concerned about several protected structures on the terrace being damaged as a result of demolition work.

The Government purchased buildings 14 to 17 on the street which includes the site where the last council of war was held by the rebellions leaders.

Damien Farrell, a spokesperson for the group and a member of the Eirigi party, explained that a number of issues including transparency and potential damage to protected structures were some of the reasons behind the protest.

“We don’t feel that there is enough openness in this project, we’re not being told anything so it’s causing concern for people who are becoming suspect. It’s as if they’re trying to hide something by not giving information on the planned works,” Mr Farrell said.

He added that the group would stay there “for as long as it takes”, with several activists camped at the building site over night.

A spokesperson for the Department of Heritage said that the occupation of the building poses risks to the individuals, adding that Minister Heather Humphries is “very disappointed” by the attempts being made to delay works.

“The Minister is very disappointed that any group would attempt to delay these works and jeopardise the project.

“Furthermore, the occupation of the building poses risks to the individuals involved and the building itself, which is in a very fragile state,” a spokesperson for the Minister said.

“Nos 13 and 18 and 19 are not part of the National Monument, and are not historically significant. Minister Humphreys only has control over the National Monument (Nos 14-17). The development of the wider street is a matter for Dublin city council,” the spokesperson added.

A mass rally is planned at the Moore Street building at 1pm today.

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