The SIPTU National Executive Council (NEC) has endorsed the proposals by the Moore Street Preservation Trust for the protection of the 1916 battlefield site in Dublin city, writes Amy Rohu.
Speaking about the announcement, SIPTU General Secretary, Joe Cunningham said: “We pledge our support for the preservation and protection of the Moore Street battlefield site in its entirety and its development as a 1916 historic cultural quarter in the heart of our capital city.
The history of our union is intimately linked to this site. One of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, James Connolly, was Commandant General of the forces of the Irish Republic in Dublin and Acting General Secretary of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, now SIPTU.”
Earlier this week The Moore Street Preservation Trust submitted their objections to the three planning applications from UK property group Hammerson, for the Moore St 1916 battlefield site. The objections were submitted to the Civic Offices, Wood Quay.
Speaking before handing in the objections, James Connolly Heron said: “If the Hammerson plans are granted permission and allowed to proceed the Moore Street 1916 battlefield site would become a building site for at least 15 years. This is the time being applied for by the company to complete the Moore Street side of its overall project, which also includes O’Connell Street. In no way should this multinational company be allowed to subject our city centre to this for a decade and a half.”
He continued: “The Hammerson plan would partly demolish and split in two the historic terrace 10-25 Moore Street which was occupied by the evacuated GPO garrison in 1916. The remaining buildings would be dwarfed by seven and nine storey buildings housing hotels and offices. We have produced our own masterplan which would see this area preserved and sensitively developed as a cultural quarter at the heart of our capital city.”
Since the submission, Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar has announced his support for the group, that have been campaigning to preserve the site for almost 20 years.