Tuesday 25 October 2016

Fianna Fail sees Moore Street as next Temple Bar

Fianna Fail has published a bill to develop "the national monument" at 14-17 Moore Street in a similar manner as Temple Bar was restored.

Launching the bill on Moore Street, Senator Darragh O'Brien, party councillors Sean Haughey and Paul McAulifffe, as well as Moore Street campaigners, said the site was the "most important" historic monument in the country.

Cllr McAuliffe said the plan was has drawn inspiration from former Taoiseach Charles Haughey's restoration of the Temple Bar area more than 27 years ago.


The new Moore Street Area Renewal and Development Bill would "establish an urban development company tasked with delivering urban regeneration at the very heart of Dublin city," Mr O'Brien said.

If adopted, the Bill would regenerate and preserve the entire area by establishing a development company "that will have powers to compulsorily purchase land with the aim of revitalising the Moore Street area".

Sen O'Brien said the Moore Street site is of historic significance and should be given the prominence it deserves.

Charles Haughey is widely credited with spearheading the regeneration of Temple Bar, which is now effectively the city's tourist quarter.

The Government announced at the end of last month that it would be purchasing the row of houses on Moore Street where the 1916 rebels made their last stand.

The plan is set to cost €4m. The site was declared a national monument back in 2007 but has been derelict since.

Last year, it was the subject of a long row in Dublin City Council, centring on whether or not to accept a 'land swap' deal with developers Chartered Land.

On next year's general election, Cllr Sean Haughey, a former junior minister and son of Charlie, gave a strong hint that he will run for the Dail.

"I am considering the matter at the moment, but I've made no decision yet," he said.

"Well, I am a public representative, I am a member of Dublin City Council, I have been in public service for most of my life. I will continue to do that," he said.


Meanwhile, Sen O'Brien said the party is completely justified in seeking repayment of €17,400 in electoral funds it provided to Cllr David McGuinness, who resigned from the Fianna Fail party on Thursday.

"I would say the funding David was given was to develop the party in the Dublin West area.

"I think the party is right to look at avenues to seek the return of that money," Senator O'Brien said.

However, Mr McGuinness said the electoral returns money was paid directly to him and he spent it on leaflets and other promotional material.

"I am not interested in threats the party might want to make.

"I don't think they are as naive as to think they can get it back," he said.


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