RELATIVES of the 1916 Rising leaders have submitted their own idea for the preservation of the historic Moore Street buildings in Dublin to a city council committee -- which was unanimously accepted.
James Connolly Heron, great-grandson of James Connolly, and members of the Save 16 Moore Street Committee, presented their vision for the site to the Central Area Committee.
They are suggesting that number 16 Moore Street becomes a museum and that its interior be preserved in its original state. Also that the text of the Irish Proclamation be etched in bronze outside the house, while the entire terrace, from numbers 10 to 25, is also preserved.
Plans have already been put forward by developer Joe O'Reilly and were approved by An Bord Pleanala last year, but the relatives have now insisted their plans should be looked at seriously as the 2016 centenary draws nearer.
The Save 16 Moore Street campaign, along with central area councillors, are now forging ahead with the alternative plans aimed for the centenary.
Mr Connolly Heron said: "The terrace would be preserved and number 16 would be preserved, like the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, and would be as it was when the rebels discovered it, and it would be recreated as it was.
"The other houses would be used as an interpretive centre or people could go into trace their lineage if they had relatives in 1916. We would keep the streets and laneways intact and keep the evacuation route from the GPO into the laneways intact, so people could follow in the footsteps of the volunteers."