04/11/2014

Council Blocks Moore Street Deal

A proposed land swap deal that would have secured the restoration of Moore Street ahead of the 1916 Easter Rising centenary has been blocked by Dublin City Council.

The council voted against a proposal from Developers Chartered Land, who had offered to develop 14 – 17 Moore Street as a national monument and heritage centre, and hand over ownership to the council. The developer had recently included number 10 Moore Street in the deal.

In exchange the council would hand over 24-25 Moore Street to Chartered Land, who need the site for a shopping centre development.

It is understood that opponents to the deal claimed that all of Moore Street and surrounding area should be preserved. The developer argued that many of the buildings on Moore Street had been rebuilt since the time of the Rising.

Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, People Before Profit and Green Party councillors voted against the deal, with the final vote seeing 38 against with 22 in favour. There was also a number of abstentions.

(MH/CD)


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