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Saturday 3 December 2016

Taoiseach warns Moore Street protesters are jeopardising restoration

Published 13/01/2016 | 18:42

Damien Dempsey performing outside the occupied buildings on Moore Street. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Damien Dempsey performing outside the occupied buildings on Moore Street. Photo: Steve Humphreys
A protester occupying the 1916 National Monument on Dublin's Moore Street. Photo: Damien Eagers
Last week, workers on the site were forced to down tools after protesters entered into 14-17 Moore Street and expressed their concerns about several protected structures on the terrace being damaged as a result of demolition work. Photo: PA
Protesters in Moore Street

People occupying houses in Moore Street are jeopardising plans to transform these buildings, where the 1916 Rising ended, into a national monument, the Taoiseach warned today.

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Mr Kenny was replying to Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams who said relatives of those involved in the 1916 Rising and other activists had occupied the buildings in Dublin and taken legal action against the Arts and Culture Minister, Heather Humphreys.

Mr Adams said the entire street should be transformed into “a 1916 historic quarter” which could become a hub of tourism and culture. He warned of fears that the current works were jeopardising the development of an authentic commemorative area and also risked doing structural damage.

“We do not want a historic shopping mall,” Mr Adams said.

The Taoiseach said he recognised the importance of the houses where the rebellion ended. He said rows over the area had dragged on since the foundation of the State but this Government had taken action by buying the buildings concerned.

Mr Kenny said he knew there were “divided loyalties” among activists about what exactly should be done. He insisted that the Government could not purchase all the buildings on the street.

“This is a matter for the elected representatives of Dublin City Council to decide on planning and other issues related. It is not a function of central government,” the Taoiseach said.

Protesters in Moore Street
Protesters in Moore Street
A protester occupying the 1916 National Monument on Dublin's Moore Street. Photo: Damien Eagers
A protester occupying the 1916 National Monument on Dublin's Moore Street. Photo: Damien Eagers
Last week, workers on the site were forced to down tools after protesters entered into
14-17 Moore Street and expressed their concerns about several protected structures on the terrace being damaged as a result of demolition work. Photo: PA
Last week, workers on the site were forced to down tools after protesters entered into 14-17 Moore Street and expressed their concerns about several protected structures on the terrace being damaged as a result of demolition work. Photo: PA

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