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Oireachtas group not happy with plans for Moore St buildings to become 1916 commemoration centre

The Oireachtas group on Moore Street say it would be a ‘destruction of a vital part of our national heritage’.

16 Moore Street
16 Moore Street
Image: Leon Farrell via Photocall Ireland

THE OIREACHTAS GROUP on Moore Street are not happy with plans for the Moore Street buildings to become a 1916 commemoration centre.

They say that it would be a “destruction of a vital part of our national heritage”.

Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan approved the revised designs for the centre at 14-17 Moore Street during the week.

The buildings are also the site of where the provisional government was set up during the Rising.

Minister Deenihan said the decision will “secure the future of one of the most important sites in modern Irish history”.


However the Oireachtas group on Moore Street said:

Wednesday’s decision to grant permission for the Chartered Land development of Moore Street to go ahead is tantamount to the obliteration of what the National Museum has called, ‘the most important site in modern Irish history’

They also stated that they believe that the revised development plans do not comply with the Ministerial Order issued in July 2013.

Further evidence of 1916 has been found in the surrounding area and if this development goes ahead it will all be lost forever. This is totally unacceptable.

“If this is allowed to go ahead it would see a State body NAMA effectively funding the destruction of a vital part of our national heritage”.


The Save 1916 Group have said that they warmly welcome the plans and that the government has made the right decision.

On Wednesday the grandson of James Connolly, John Connolly, said:

This is a red letter day for us as we have campaigned for years to have these houses fully restored

“I am certain our forefathers would be pleased that the site of the final act of the Rising will be preserved in an appropriate way to the benefit of future generations”.

The Oireachtas group on Moore Street are seeking an urgent meeting with Minister Deenihan “to impress on him the need to reverse his decision.”


Read: After 98 years, Moore Street buildings are to become 1916 Rising commemoration>

Read: NAMA pledges €5m for Moore Street site but dispute remains over 1916 plans>

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