Hammerson legal move shows “breathtaking disregard” to recommendations on historic Moore Street

by Alex Greaney
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Moore Street Preservation Trust spokesperson James Connolly Heron has criticised the decision by developer Hammerson to take a High Court challenge against Dublin City Council for protecting key historic Moore Street buildings.

James Connolly Heron, great grandson of 1916 leader James Connolly, said:

“The decision by Hammerson and Associates to seek a judicial review of the decision taken by the elected members of Dublin City Council to list buildings linked to the 1916 Rising, shows a breath-taking disregard for the historic importance of the last extant 1916 battleground in the city.

“This is not the first time that Hammerson have considered taking legal action against the City Council. Like their predecessors, they also threatened to issue proceedings to prevent city officials from gaining access to inspect these buildings on foot of motions adopted by councillors to have them added to the list of protected structures.

“Their claim that they wish to ‘sensitively rejuvenate this historic part of the city’ is certainly not reflected in the proposals presented to city planners to date. Their plan to redraw streets and laneways and interfere with and demolish buildings and structures, within an area described by the National Museum of Ireland as ‘the most important historic site in modern Irish history’, does not meet the agreed recommendations of the Advisory Group to Minister Darragh O Brien, the position of the City Council, or the objectives of the Dublin Development Plan.

“The claim by the developers that the listing of historic buildings represents an interference with the planning process is laughable, given that Hammerson themselves were party to discussions on a proposed publicly funded compensation package to traders sanctioned by the City Council Executive and the Ministers Department, despite their position as decision-makers on the Hammerson planning applications for Dublin Central. There could be no greater interference with the independence of the planning process than that.

“Dublin City Council must resist this attempt at bullying by the developers and continue by all manner and means to secure, protect and preserve this historic area in the public interest.”

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