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Moore Street traders voice their support for Paris Bakery as rally planned against demolition job

MOORE Street's traders are out to stall the demolition of a popular bakery, as part of the development of the historical quarter in the shadow of the GPO.

Plans to knock down the Paris Bakery, which employs 70, are being widely criticised by figures who want to see history and heritage given priority over commercial development.

It was recently announced that Number 18 Moore Street, where the bakery is, would have to be razed to make way for support structures for Numbers 14-17, which were recently declared a national monument as a result of their part in the 1916 Rising.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announced last week in the Dail that NAMA would finance the restoration of the monument buildings which will form part of a museum to the 1916 Rising.

"I'd hate to see the bakery go. I'm all for the museum, but I don't want to see the bakery knocked," said Margaret Buckley, a fishmonger who has been trading on the street for 50 years.

"The bakery has brought a lovely clientele to the street and has a great reputation. That and the museum would bring a lot more people to the street," she added.

"It's typical, they want to get rid of the one good thing on the street," Margaret's sister Imelda said.

Marie Cullen is a fourth generation fruit-and-veg seller working from her stall right outside the Paris Bakery. She said she was very saddened to hear of plans to knock it down.

"Look around the street here. The bakery is the only decent thing down this end. I will dearly miss it if it goes," she told the Herald.

"I hope they save it. They should be ashamed of themselves trying to knock it," she said.

Chrissy McCreery is a third-generation trader, now selling flowers near the junction with Henry Street, said: "We get people asking where the bakery is all the time.

"We're always giving people directions to it. And it has created a lot of jobs too," The last word should go to Carmel Mooney, who was crowned Queen of Moore Street last October.

The 75-year-old, who has given 60 years service to selling fruit-and-veg on the cobbles, said: "I will support any bid to save it. They bring nice people to the area."

In a statement, developers Chartered Land said: "The bakery was outside the 14-17 Moore Street National Monument boundary and so the demolition is a planning matter.

PERMISSION

"THE DEMOLITION OF THESE BUILDINGS HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED BY DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL AND AN BORD PLEANALA AS PART OF THE OVERALL PERMISSION FOR THE DUBLIN CENTRAL DEVELOPMENT," THEY ADDED.

An I Love Paris/I Love Moore Street rally is planned for this Saturday at 2pm outside the Paris Bakery at number 18 Moore Street.

"Instead of a single minded wrecking ball, we're proposing a series of soft regeneration measures for this historic neighbourhood," said the Green Party's Ciarán Cuffe.

CFEEHAN@HERALD.IE


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