24/04/2014

NAMA 'Agreed In Principle' To Moore Street Monument Funding

NAMA has reportedly "agreed in principle" to make €5m available for the development of a National Museum and Commemorative Centre to celebrate the historical significance of 14 -17 Moore Street.

The news follows a meeting between Minister for Arts, Heritage and The Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan and Dublin City Councillor Mary Fitzpatrick in her capacity as a member of the Moore Street Advisory Committee for a briefing on The Moore Street Monument.

Cllr Fitzpatrick said "The Minister confirmed to me that NAMA, who currently have possession of lands that include the Moore Street Monument, have agreed in principle to make €5 million available for the development of a National Museum and Commemorative Centre to celebrate the historical significance of 14 -17 Moore Street.

"I whole-heartedly welcome this news and I call for the Government to commit to providing any further funding that may be required to ensure that these buildings are developed to a world-class standard and are open in time for the centenary of the 1916 rising."

"I was encouraged by the Minister's response to my suggestion that, when completed, the Museum and Interpretive Center will be publicly-ran by Dublin City Council," the councillor added.

Saying: "We have seen some great examples of how Dublin City Council can run public cultural centres such as the Hugh Lane Gallery or The Dublin City Library at Parnell Square and I am certain that the Moore Street Monument will draw visitors on an international level".

14 – 17 Moore Street was the last meeting place and headquarters of the Provisional Government, which was set up during 1916. The buildings are widely reported to be the site of the final surrender of the 1916 rebels.

(MH)

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