Friday 24 March 2017

Our 1916 heritage must be preserved

Sir -- Regarding your article on the continuing campaign to save 16 Moore Street from demolition (Sunday Independent, January 29, 2012), I am not the leader of any group. For a decade or so I have, however, been a member and elected officer of the Save 16 Moore Street Committee and, along with other concerned relatives of the signatories to the 1916 Proclamation of Independence, wish to see the Government honour its obligation to preserve and protect the 1916 National Monument at 14 to 17 Moore Street in its entirety.

There is no plan to restore Moore Street. There is a plan to completely destroy it that includes the appropriation of up to 60 per cent of the protected area of the National Monument solely in the commercial interest of a private developer.

There is a necessity for a wider debate on the future of the entire Moore Street area in the context of it being a 1916 battlefield site. The 1916 terrace along Moore Street is of immense historical importance as the last headquarters of the Provisional Government in 1916.

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