Fianna Fáil has published a Bill to redevelop the National Monument at Moore Street and designate the surrounding area as a Historical Quarter.

The Moore Street Area Renewal and Development Bill 2015 will establish an urban development company tasked with delivering urban regeneration at the very heart of Dublin city. The Bill takes its inspiration from the successful urban regeneration project that took place in Temple Bar.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Dublin Senator Darragh O’Brien explained, “Moore Street is the birthplace of the Republic and it must be treasured one of our most important National Monuments. Today we have unveiled a Bill to regenerate and preserve the entire area. If enacted, our Bill will establish a development company that will have powers to compulsory purchase land with the aim of revitalising the Moore Street area.

“The Moore Street site is of historic significance and should be given the prominence that it deserves. It also has great economic potential and we want to see a greater vision for the use of the whole terrace and adjoining lands on North O’Connell Street,” said Senator O’Brien.

The Fianna Fáil team in Dublin has been working on this proposal since last Summer in consultation with groups representing relatives other stakeholders.  The plan has been supported by the ‘Save 16 Moore Street Committee’.

James Connolly Heron, grandson of James Connolly, commented, “We commend this new and welcome initiative by Fianna Fáil. It goes much further than the Government’s plan to only protect the 1916 National Monument. In doing this we believe it not only reflects the wishes of the campaign and the 1916 relatives, but also the vast majority of the Irish people.”

Fianna Fáil Group Leader on Dublin City Council Cllr Paul McAuliffe, who drafted the Bill with Senator O’Brien, is critical of the current Government plan for the National Monument at Moore Street.

“The Government plan for the National Monument at Moore Street lacks vision and does not do justice to the surrounding area. Today we have put forward a more comprehensive and appropriate plan to ensure that the birthplace of the Republic is truly recognised for its significance.  Our plan will see the entire Moore Street area redeveloped and the historical and economic significance of the site preserved. I would like to especially thank Patrick Cooney and James Connolly Heron for their help and commitment to this project.”

Cllr Seán Haughey commented, “The position taken by the Fianna Fáil city councillors in opposing the original proposals for the Moore Street area has been vindicated in recent weeks. The position we took, in partnership with other stakeholders, embarrassed the Government into finally taking action to protect the National Monument at Moore Street. However securing ownership of the buildings is not enough. The Government’s plan lacks vision and any attempt at an overall redevelopment plan.  The approach taken by Fianna Fail demonstrates our commitment to honouring our past while at the same time outlining a strong vision for the future.”