Friday 19 July 2019

Fianna Fail publishes bill inspired by Temple Bar to redevelop 1916 'national monument' on Moore Street

Traders on Dublin's Moore Street.
Traders on Dublin's Moore Street.

Daniel McConnell, Group Political Correspondent

Fianna Fail has today published a bill to redevelop “the national monument” at 14-17 Moore Street in a similar fashion as to how Temple Bar was restored.

Launching the bill today on Moore Street, Senator Darragh O’Brien, party councillors Sean Haughey and Paul McAulifffe as well as Moore Street campaigners, said the site was the “most important” historic momument in the country.

Councillor McAuliffe said  the plan was has drawn inspiration from former Taoiseach Charles Haughey’s restoration of the Temple Bar area more than 27 years ago.

The new Moore Street Area Renewal and Development Bill would “establish an urban development company tasked with delivering urban regeneration at the very heart of Dublin city”.

“The Bill takes its inspiration from the successful urban regeneration project that took place in Temple Bar,” Mr O’Brien told reporters.

If adopted, the Bill would  regenerate and preserve the entire area by establishing a development company “that will have powers to compulsory purchase land with the aim of revitalising the Moore Street area”.

Senator O’Brien said the Moore Street site is of historic significance and should be given the prominence that it deserves.

“It also has great economic potential and we want to see a greater vision for the use of the whole terrace and adjoining lands on North O’Connell Street,” he added.

Mr Haughey is widely credited with spearheading the regeneration of Temple Bar, which is now effectively the city’s tourist quarter.

The Government announced at the end of last month that it would be purchasing the row of houses on Moore Street where the 1916 rebels last held out for €4 million. The site was declared a national monument back in 2007 but has been derelict since.

Last year, the site was the subject of a long row in Dublin City Council, centring on whether or not to accept a ‘land swap’ deal with developers Chartered Land.

Members of  ‘Save 16 Moore Street’ Committee are strongly supportive of the FF bill. Patrick Cooney, spokesman for the campaign said Moore Street has the potential to follow the example of Spitalfields in London.

James Connolly Heron – grandson of rebel James Connolly – said the bill went “much further” than the Government’s plan “to only protect the 1916 National Monument”.

Councillor Seán Haughey, a former junior minister and son of Charlie, said the plan being launched today demonstrated his party’s “commitment to honouring our past while at the same time outlining a strong vision for the future”.


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