NAMA earmarks €5m to restore 1916 Rising site
THE National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has set aside €5m to help save buildings in central Dublin that were used by rebel leaders during the 1916 uprising.
The money will be used to restore 14-17 Moore Street, declared a national monument five years ago but now close to dereliction.
James Heron, the great grandson of Rising hero James Connolly, told the Herald he would like to see the money used to restore the area in a similar way to the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam.
"What we want is an Anne Frank house, or even A Francis Bacon studio approach," he said.
"What was there in 1916 should be there today, so that you can see what the rebels saw at the time."
Mr Heron, who is involved in the Save 16 Moore Street campaign, said the area should be independently assessed.
NAMA declined to comment last night on the decision to set aside the money.
The houses and their surroundings – a key battlefield during the outbreak that eventually led to independence – are now set to be saved for future generations.
Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan received Cabinet approval this year to allow for a commemorative centre at the site. The works will be carried out by 2016, the 100th anniversary of the rebellion.