'We'll work with Moore St traders on 1916 memorial' reveals Minister Humphreys
TRADERS working on one of the city's most iconic streets are concerned there is "no mention" of them in the Government's plans for the area.
Last month the Government announced a comprehensive development scheme for the 1916 centenary that included the construction of a commemorative centre at numbers 14 to 17, Moore Street.
More than €4m will be pumped into renovating the four buildings central to our national history.
Now traders, many of whom have worked in the area all their lives, have hit out at the plans, fearing that they say could disrupt their business.
Maire Cullen, whose fruit and vegetable stand is located directly outside the proposed monument, said she is unclear about how the traders will be affected through the construction phase and afterwards.
"This is my only form of income", Ms Cullen said.
"There's a bill being passed for these four buildings and we have gone through it, and there is no mention whatsoever of the traders.
"That is our concern, where are we going to go?" she said.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys attended the site yesterday in advance of the plans.
The minister could not say when the works on the site would begin, and said that the traders would be included in any plans.
"These are Moore Street traders' issues, of which we will obviously have to talk to the traders because, just remember, the traders were here before 1916. They are an integral part of this street.
"They are part of our heritage so we want to work with them and I've spoken to them there and said I will work with you."
The Government has said that it hopes to have the commemorative centre built in time for the centenary celebrations next year.
"What we want to develop and turn into a centre that is a memory to the 1916 leaders," she said.