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'This is unacceptable to anyone who gives a damn about Irish history'

There has been a welcome response to the decision to temporarily halt the demolition of buildings on Moore Street.


A DECISION TO halt the demolition of buildings on Moore Street pending the outcome of a High Court action has been welcomed.

The 1916 Relatives Association took the action to prevent the destruction of buildings 13 through to 19, arguing that it should be preserved as a national monument.

RTÉ News reports that the injunction was not needed due to an undertaking not to demolish the buildings before the case returns to court.

The Save Moore Street campaign has also called for a detailed and independent archaeological survey of the area, while some buildings were occupied during protests attended by dozens of people over the past week.

In a statement, Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald described the latest developments as “great news”, adding that public reaction “shows the level of concern about the fate of this site and the extent our citizens will go to protect our heritage”.

On the decision to carry on with the development plans, she said:

This is not only reprehensible; it is also totally unacceptable to those of us who actually give a damn about Ireland’s history.

“Sinn Féin has called on Minister Humphreys to step in and put a halt to the work.

The Government should hang its head in shame over the fact that citizens, the relatives of our 1916 heroes, were forced to go to court to halt this work in just the second week of this the centenary year.

Read: ‘I slept in 18 Moore Street in protest this weekend. Once these buildings are gone, they’re gone’ >

Poll: Do you support the Moore Street occupation? >

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