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Council will decide on proposal to swap 1916 Rising houses

DUBLin city councillors are to decide on a proposal to swap two sites on Moore Street to aid the development of a 1916 Rising commemoration.

The plan is to swap 24/25 Moore Street, owned by Dublin City Council, for the national monument site at 14-17 Moore Street, owned by construction company Chartered Land.

The Moore Street Advisory Committee, set up to advance the 1916 memorial plans, have been briefed on the move.

Independent councillor Nial Ring said the swap would come with a commitment to develop a €6.5m heritage centre at 14 to 17 Moore Street in time for the centenary of the Rising and a further €2.5m development at the rear of the site.

NAMA, which took over loans connected with Chartered Land, will fund the project.

The committee wants the entire terrace including nos. 24 & 25 designated a "battlefield site".

However, the current proposal "will at least make sure that we have a fully operational heritage centre ready in time for Easter 2016 and owned and operated by Dublin City Council", Cllr Ring said.

The disposal of council land to a third party must be approved by councillors.

Battlefield

"It is obviously up to councillors to approve the land exchange/swap or not, and if approved, the Moore Street Advisory Committee will continue to call for a battlefield site assessment for the whole area so that the entire terrace can be saved," Mr Ring added.

Since 2007, the terrace of houses no. 14-17 Moore Street has been a national monument. No. 16 was the final HQ of the 1916 leaders before surrender.

The buildings in question were originally to be incorporated into a massive retail development planned by Chartered Land.

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