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Thursday 8 December 2016

Traffic chaos in Dublin as hundreds come out to protest Moore Street gentrification

David Kearns

Published 30/01/2016 | 14:54

Hundreds of people came out to protest the demolitions of terrace housing on Moore Street Credit: Joan Byrne (@jemb123)
Hundreds of people came out to protest the demolitions of terrace housing on Moore Street Credit: Joan Byrne (@jemb123)

There is traffic chaos in the capital this afternoon as a series of demonstrations are taking place to protest against plans to develop a number of terraces on Moore Street.

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According to Dublin Bus its service northbound through O'Connell Street has been diverted, and AA Roadwatch is reporting that all traffic has stopped from passing through the city’s main throughway.

Two protests are taking place on O’Connell Street this afternoon, both of which are seeking to stop the demolition of numbers 13 and 18 – where the final moments of the 1916 Rising took place.

The first ‘#savemoorestreet’ rally began at 1pm and those involved, thought to number several hundred, marched from Liberty Hall to Moore Street.

Among those involved with the protest were former Dublin Mayor Christy Burke, Dublin City councillor John Lyons and TD Maureen OSullivan.

This demonstration is calling for the preservation of the whole of Moore Street Terrace as a national monument, and is protesting against attempts to gentrify the area.

A second rally is due to take place later today at 3pm and also involves groups opposed to the demolition of parts of the street’s historic city terraces.

It is due to follow a similar route as the earlier protest and will see traffic delays on Westmoreland Street, Gardiner Street, O’Connell Street and Parnell Street.

The question of what to do with the terraces on Moore Street had been a subject of fierce debate for years.

Four houses in the area have been bought by the State due to their connections to the 1916 Rising but campaigners want the entire terrace to be preserved.

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