A HUMAN chain was formed in front of the historic Moore Street terrace in a symbolic bid to protect it from demolition.
Hundreds of supporters turned out to show their support for the Save Moore Street from Demolition campaign yesterday.
Organisers told the Herald that they wanted to see the Government move to protect the entire terrace, which was integral to the 1916 Rising.
Currently four buildings, numbers 14 to 17, are protected under national monument status.
Developer Chartered Land owns the remaining buildings and has planning permission to build a shopping complex on the street.
"This is a symbolic gesture to say that we are defending Moore Street, which includes the market and the back lanes - this is not just about four houses," said Diarmuid Breatnach from the campaign.
"We are putting our arms around it to protect it and to express the love that people from Dublin feel for our heritage."
Those behind the campaign are keen to see both the retail and historical aspects of the street preserved.
"We think both can be done. The top floors of the terrace, where 300 volunteers occupied, could be turned into a walk through experience for people," said Mr Breatnach.
"We don't see how that conflicts with the idea of a market or the idea of small businesses making a living, as they have done on Moore Street for years."
James Connolly Heron, the great grandson of executed Rising hero James Connolly, joined the demonstration.
He called for campaigners to continue their protests.
"Moore Street is still standing because of those involved," he said. He called for the buildings, which he described as "the birthplace of the nation", to be protected.