State set to buy Moore Street landmark

by Gazette Reporter
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MINISTER for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys recently announced that the Government is to acquire the national monument at 14-17 Moore Street.
A Department spokesperson said the Moore Street national monument would now come into public ownership, thus securing the long-term future of the landmark. A centre is to be developed on the site and will be run as a public facility with access for visitors and will enhance and complement the 1916 visitor facility being developed in the GPO.
Minister Humphreys will bring further proposals to Government shortly outlining plans to safeguard and fully restore the buildings, and to create a 1916 commemorative centre on the site.
She said: “I am delighted that the Government is demonstrating its commitment to saving the national monument at 14-17 Moore Street, which has such special significance as we move towards the 2016 commemorations.
“This puts an end to the uncertainty surrounding the future of these buildings and ensures that they will be accessible to all who are interested in the history of the 1916 Rising. I hope this project will be completed during the centenary year as a fitting tribute to the leaders of the Easter Rising.”
Meanwhile Fianna Fail has also published a Bill to redevelop the Moore Street monument and designate the surrounding area as a historical quarter, along the same lines as the Temple Bar Cultural Quarter.
Senator Darragh O’Brien (FF) said: “We are looking to designate Moore Street as the historical centre of Dublin. Our focus is on redeveloping the national monument and opening it up to the public,” he said.
The surrounding environs of the monument are the responsibility of Dublin City Council which said it had no comment to make on the possibility of a historical quarter at present.

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