COUNCILLORS TO CONSDER FUTURE OF FINAL 1916 PROVISIONAL HQ !

Proposals will be examined next week.

A RREVIEW on proposals for the future of the final headquarters of the 1916 Provisional government will be presented to Dublin city councillors next week. The local authority ordered the review after a program by Irish-language TV station TG4 claimed the property developer Joe O’Reilly had received preferential treatment through a compulsory purchase order in 2006.

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The claims prompted concerns about 14-17 Moore Street in central Dublin – properties associated with the 1916 Easter Raising’s final hours and designated a national monument. Mr O’Reilly’s company, Charted Lands, which has planning permission until 2017, has said it wants to transform the entire area into a €1.2 billion (£1bln) retail development frounting onto O’Connell Street. It’s proposals include establishing a €10m museum and recreating the interior of the four Moore Street buildings as they were when rebel leaders weref forced out of the GPO and ended up agreeing to surrender while based in 16 Moore Street. Several relatives of the rising leaders, including James Connolly‘s great-grandson James Connolly Heron, have said the museum would be dwarfed by the rest of the developent and that the entire terrace on Moore Street should be protected as a historic cultural quarter.

They have claimed that recent emergency stabilisation works carried out on the buildings show they are in danger of collapse and urgently need to be preserved. A cross-party advisory committee set up by Dublin City Council last year has compleated its review and is reportedly seeking greater protection for 14-17 Moore Street. However, the eight councillors ‘ recommendations, which will be considered on Monday, are understood to fall short of seeking the entie street’s preservation. The committee is also beleived to want the authorities to prevent the developer from demolishing any parts of the four buildings including rear yards and walls. It expected that they will urge heritage minister Jimmy Deenihan, who has the final say, to order an assessment on the preservation of other areas including laneways used when rebels evacuated the GPO. Separate to the councillors ‘ reveiw, the public have until April 24 to make submissions in relation to an enviornmental impact statement relating to the proposed development of Moors Street. Submissions or observations may be lodged with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The impact statement can be inspected at the department’s offices in the Custom House, Dublin 1 and at Dublin City Council’s Civic Offices on Wood Quay, Dublin 8. The minister has said he will decide whether to place a presrvation order on the four buildings after the statement is compleated.

With many thanks to : Valerie Robinson ( Southern Correspondent ), Irish News.

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