Seanad to debate Moore Street Redevelopment Bill

▪ Fianna Fáil Bill gets full backing of campaign groups and traders
▪ Plan will see complete redevelopment of national monument and designation of new Historical Quarter

The Seanad will today debate a Fianna Fáil Bill to redevelop the national monument at Moore Street in Dublin and designate the surrounding area as a historical quarter.

The Bill, which was put forward by the Fianna Fáil Leader on Dublin City Council Paul McAuliffe, will be introduced in the Seanad today by Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Dublin Darragh O’Brien.  It has the full backing of the Save Moore Street Committee, the 1916 Relatives Group and the Moore Street traders. Representatives of these groups will be in attendance for the debate this afternoon.

Speaking beforehand, Senator O’Brien said, “This Bill is in response to the Government’s failure to halt the decline of the Moore Street Area and recognise its historical significance.  The Fianna Fáil team in Dublin has worked closely with local traders and campaigners to come up with a solution that both rejuvenates this urban area, and protects it as a national monument.

Cllr Paul McAuliffe said “The historic buildings associated with the 1916 Rising from 14 to 17 Moore street are currently in a state of great disrepair.  The site is the birthplace of the Republic and it must be honoured and promoted as such.  This means going much further than just carrying out emergency repair works when the buildings are in danger of collapse.

“Moore Street is the heart of Dublin City and it’s totally unacceptable that it has been so badly neglected both historically and economically.  There is currently no economic plan for the area and we are wasting an opportunity to boost the local economy and secure the future of the Moore Street traders.  The Fianna Fáil Bill will establish an urban redevelopment company tasked with rejuvenating Moore Street.  This company will work with Dublin City Council, public and private landowners and local traders to redevelop the historical monument, rejuvenate the entire area and designate it as a historical quarter.

“I want to pay tribute to the Save Moore Street Committee, the 1916 Relatives Group and the Moore Street traders for their tireless work on this issue.  As we approach the centenary of the 1916 Rising, it is more important than ever that we properly honour this historical site and secure its future.

“Today, the Seanad has an opportunity to make an important step forward for Dublin and for our national heritage.  I am urging all Senators to come together to support this Bill to appropriately honour the birthplace of our Republic and to boost the economy of the heart of Dublin city centre.”

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