16/04/2015: Minister Humphreys and Lord Mayor visit traders on Dublin’s Moore Street
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Thursday) visited traders on Dublin’s Moore Street with the Dublin Lord Mayor, Christy Burke. Their visit follows the recent Government announcement that it is acquiring the National Monument at 14-17 Moore Street, to safeguard the buildings and develop a Commemorative Centre at the site.
Speaking today, Minister Humphreys said:
“It was great to get down to Moore Street to hear directly from the traders how supportive they are of the Government’s plans to safeguard the National Monument at Nos. 14-17. I visited the traders late last summer and it was clear to me that they wanted action to be taken to protect the buildings, which were the final headquarters of the 1916 Leaders and are of huge historical significance.
“This is a really good news story for Dublin city centre. The development of a Commemorative Centre at the site of the National Monument will help draw large numbers of tourists to the area, and will complement the new visitor centre at the GPO, which is being developed just a short stroll away.
“My Department is drawing up detailed proposals on how to progress plans as quickly as possible to safeguard the National Monument, restore the buildings and develop the Commemorative Centre at the site. The Centre will be a fitting tribute to the 1916 Leaders.”
The Lord Mayor Christy Burke said:
“The traders are an integral part of Moore Street, and indeed they have helped ensure that the street has remained a vibrant part of the city centre in recent years. I am very pleased that the uncertainty about the future of the National Monument at Nos 14-17 has been brought to an end through the Government’s decision to acquire the buildings.
“The development of a Commemorative Centre on Moore Street will add greatly to the city centre, and should provide a boost to traders and other businesses in the area. It is fitting that the National Monument on Moore Street is being brought back into public ownership, and I look forward to seeing the restoration works progressing in the coming months.”