Thursday 19 January 2017

WATCH: Signed petition to save historic Moore Street buildings is almost the length of the street itself

Denise Calnan and Mark O'Regan

Published 10/01/2016 | 18:19

A signed petition to save Moore Street's heritage is almost the length of the street itself.

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Protesters today held the dozens of sheets of paper together, showing the thousands of signatures that have been added to the 'Save Moore Street' group's cause.

The group are occupying a building on Moore Street linked to the 1916 Rising and have vowed to step up their campaign if they do not receive assurances on the protection of the entire site.

The group of around 30 activists gained access to the building currently being renovated on Thursday.

Hundreds more have since joined the group outside the site, which is owned by the Government, to protest against redevelopment plans for a number of dwellings on one of Dublin's most iconic streets.

The Government has already purchased some buildings, including the location of the last council of war held by the 1916 rebellion leaders.

Work began in November to restore numbers 14-17, which are subject to a State preservation order, to get them ready for this year's centenary celebrations. The dwellings are being converted into a new commemorative centre.

Renovations have ceased while the protests continue.

The 1Yi (One Year Initiative) campaign group today captured footage of the never-ending reel of petition signatures.

1Yi is a citizen-led campaign to see people-initiated referendums added to the Irish Constitution.

They are supporting the 'Save Moore Street' group.

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