No Moore time for battle sites?

by Mark O'Brien
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CAMPAIGNERS have called for dialogue in an attempt to preserve the historic elements of Moore Street following a ruling that the area cannot be classed as a historic monument.


The Court of Appeal yesterday (Wednesday) overturned a 2016 High Court decision that prevented redevelopment of some of the buildings in the area, which formed part of the 1916 Rising battlefield.


The case was originally taken by Colm Moore on behalf of the 1916 Relatives Association.


The appeal was brought by The Minister for Arts and Heritage and Dublin Central Limited Partnership, a company that owns some of the buildings in the area.


The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheal Mac Donncha, had campaigned for the preservation of the site and was in court for the appeal ruling.


He told Dublin Gazette that the verdict was “disappointing” but more time was needed to examine the final ruling.


“It’s two separate, very detailed judgements so they have to be examined to see all the implications but obviously, on initial hearing, it is disappointing,” he said.


“The scandal here is that a private citizen had to take a case at all to prevent the destruction of a national monument.”


Mayor Mac Donncha said that he felt that the preservation of the site was a political issue and called on Minister Josepha Madigan to work with local groups to find a solution.


He said: “The judgement said that the designation of national monuments is a matter for the Minister. The ball is very much in her court, and we believe that she should intervene.”


Cllr Mac Donncha said that he did not want to see a shopping mall in the area, as has been mooted, and hopes the area could be developed in another way, and added: “It’s eminently solvable if the Government and the owners are prepared to accept that a new plan is needed.”


The 1916 Relatives Association also called for all parties to take time to consider the court’s ruling. In a statement, they also appealed for all parties to work together in the hope of finding “a solution that can meet the concerns of the stakeholders and the Irish people”.

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