As many as forty activists are blocking work at 14-18 Moore Street, Dublin tonight. The terrace is the site of the surrender of five of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence in 1916.
Behind scaffolding, work was underway when activists, including the Save Moore Street group, occupied the site. There are fears that damage may be done by the work to the buildings (14 to 17 in particular) which are a national monument.
On site tonight a spokesman for the company undertaking the work, Lissadell, told us that while he understood the concerns of the activists he couldn’t divulge what work was being done or on which buildings as it was a confidential matter.
When pressed by Cllr John Lyons (People Before Profit) on whether it was a “Ministerial directive that no information be revealed to the public?” the spokesman for Lissadell replied “Yes.”
The Minister for Heritage is Heather Humphreys (Fine Gael). Transparent government in the centenary year.
An activist led rabble through the site of 16 Moore St and pointed out certain matters of concern including partially dishevelled brickwork in supporting walls and a recently marked out ‘DOOR’ space on a partition wall between 15 & 16 Moore St. There was also timber from doorways, doors and other woodwork presumably contemporary to 1916 piled in one corner with catalog numbers pencilled on them.
Much distrust surrounds the development of the site as there has been more than a few breaches of trust, regulations and promises over the years regarding the historic site. And many suspect that plans to build a giant shopping centre enveloping the site are going ahead.
Tonight activists asked for clarity as to what was being done, none was forthcoming and so those present said they would remain in the open buildings until such time as satisfactory assurances followed.
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