The Fianna Fáil Leader on Dublin City Council Cllr Paul McAuliffe has welcomed the announcement that the State is to purchase the National Monument located at 14 – 17 Moore Street.
Cllr McAuliffe said the Government must now act to ensure the site is ready for the 1916 centenary celebrations.
The north Dublin Councillor said, “I welcome the announcement that the State is to purchase the National Monument located at 14 – 17 Moore Street. I have been working with my colleagues on Dublin City Council to achieve this outcome and I am glad to see that Minister Humphries has finally acceded to the pressure applied by the council.
“This decision is in accordance with the recommendations of Dublin City Council’s Moore Street Advisory Committee report. It ensures the buildings will be protected and developed in an appropriate manner.
“The focus must now shift towards ensuring the National Monument is ready for the 1916 centenary celebrations. The onus is now on the government to ensure that the necessary resources are allocated so that the National Monument is fully preserved and open to the public in time for the 1916 celebrations.
“Fianna Fáil will shortly publish proposals aimed at rejuvenating the entire area around the National Monument. As a city council we must look at how the surrounding block is developed in an appropriate manner which recognises the historic and cultural heritage while at the same time eliminates the dereliction and provides employment.
“We must be imaginative about how we do this and there must be a significant involvement by a public development agency. This approach has proved successful with other urban regeneration projects and I believe a similar approach will deliver results for the Moore Street historic quarter and the city,” said Cllr McAuliffe.