Saturday 29 April 2017

1916 buildings need defending

Sir -- In making the case for the restoration of Moore Street, Eamon Delaney (Sunday Independent, August 22) refers to the Labour Party leader as promising to help save the shell of Plunkett's shop at no 16.

This building, along with numbers 14, 15 and 17, forms part of the 1916 National Monument. All four remain, in form and footprint, as they were in 1916 -- precisely the reason why concerned relatives of the 1916 leaders and others wish to see them restored and preserved in their entirety and treated with the same respect as, for example, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

It is, in our view, perfectly in order for party leaders to visit the Moore Street area and we welcome the interest and support of both Eamon Gilmore and Enda Kenny for our call that the area be transformed into an historic/cultural quarter in honour of the men and women of 1916.

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