SOUTH Dublin County Councillors have called on Dublin City Council and Arts Minister Heather Humphries to take action to preserve Moore Street in the run-up to the 1916 centenary.
The council passed a motion calling for the protection of the historic area, with some members criticising their city council colleagues for rejecting a land-swap deal that could have seen the restoration of the site in time for next year's commemorations.
South Dublin's Mayor, Fintan Warfield (SF) tabled a motion at the local authority's monthly meeting asking the minister to act on her responsibility to protect and preserve the historic Moore Street area.
He said this includes the terrace 10-25 Moore Street which was occupied by the volunteers at the end of Easter Week 1916, and where the final meeting of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic took place.
"This requires the preservation not only of the National Monument 14-17 Moore Street but the protection of the terrace and of the integrity of the surrounding area, which has been described as 'the lanes of history' and which has the potential to be sensitively developed as an historic quarter of our capital city, enhancing the living market trading tradition and bringing to life the area's central role in the 1916 Rising," his motion stated.
Cllr Warfield said the street was "steeped in history" and should be preserved for its 1916 connections and the families who have traded there for generations.
It was agreed to extend the call to Dublin City Council under an amendment proposed by Cllr William Lavelle (FG).
Cllr Lavelle said it was equally incumbent on the city council to act on its responsibilities, and pointed out that a proposal had been on the table but had not been accepted. He was referring to a land-swap deal the council rejected last November.
Cllr Colm Brophy (FG) said the reason this did not happen was because Sinn Fein voted it down, claiming Sinn Fein wanted to "nationalise Moore Street and take every building into public ownership.
"To hold the whole thing up and throw the baby out with the bathwater just because someone wants to nationalise the street is the wrong course of action," he said.
Cllr Eoin O'Brion (SF) said the campaign had been led by families of those who died in the Easter Rising. He said 1916 was not an issue for Dublin alone and there should be a national monument for Irish people all over Ireland and the world.