Minister to decide on Moore Street site

 

A decision on a proposed museum on the Moore Street site in Dublin associated with the 1916 Rising will be made when an environmental assessment is available, Minister for Heritage Jimmy Deenihan has said.

“I expect to be able to make a decision reasonably quickly as soon as an environment impact study is sent to me,” he added.

Yesterday Chartered Land, owners of the site, briefed the Dublin City Council committee set up to review plans for the national monument on the proposal it has made to Mr Deenihan. It includes the creation of a museum costing an estimated €10 million and recreating the interior of the buildings on 14-17 Moore Street as they were in 1916.

Leaders of the Rising surrendered at No 16 Moore Street after retreating from the nearby GPO.

Fianna Fáil group leader on Dublin City Council Mary Fitzpatrick said the neglect of the national monument had gone on for far too long.

“The centenary of the Rising is fast approaching and the Government must take action to ensure that the national monument is preserved and restored,” Ms Fitzpatrick added.

“It should provide funding for the creation of an appropriate commemoration on the site and the creation of a museum.”

She said the city council was well-positioned to operate such a museum.

In the Dáil last year Independent TD Mick Wallace said he believed the site belonged to the people as the developer is in Nama.