16/07/2013 Minister Deenihan gives Consent for conservation, restoration and adaptation works for Moore Street National Monument.
Consent for conservation, restoration and adaptation works for Moore Street National Monument approved
• Consent allows for creation of commemorative centre at national monument
• Consent rules out demolition of any 1916 structure, or works underneath, national monument
Tuesday, July 16th – Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today signed an order of consent for works at the Moore Street National Monument.
The order of consent signed by the Minister approves the creation of a commemorative centre at the national monument at Nos. 14-17 Moore Street, involving the full repair and conservation of these buildings. The matter was discussed this morning at Cabinet.
However, the order of consent does not approve the demolition of any structures at the national monument, or removal of material from the national monument, which date from or before 1916. In addition, the order of consent does not approve works for the provision of an underground car park within the boundary of the national monument site, or the demolition of the Moore Lane facades of Nos. 15 and 16.
No. 16 Moore St was the final headquarters of the leaders of the 1916 Rising prior to surrender. Nos. 14, 15, 16 and 17 Moore St were preserved as a national monument by order in 2007 meaning that any works affecting the monument require the written consent of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Minister Deenihan has commented:
“The Moore Street National Monument is of huge significance and importance. It is highly appropriate that the monument would be preserved and that an appropriate commemorative centre would be put in place to mark the momentous events which took place here.
“I am consenting to works to conserve and restore the monument, and am protecting all structures which existed in 1916. I am not consenting to the demolition of any 1916 structure or to works underneath the monument.
“This is the best way to ensure that work can take place at the national monument to develop an appropriate commemorative centre, and return these buildings to what they would have looked like at the time of the Rising, whilst also ensuing that the monument is fully protected for future generations.
“I would hope that the applicant can now revise the plans for the Moore Street National Monument, in line with the conditions that have been set, so that an appropriate commemorative centre can be planned for 2016.”
The consent of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is conditional on a revised project design being submitted to him within 9 months that takes full account of the elements of the proposal for which consent has been refused and the conditions attached to the approved works. A further condition requires substantive works to commence on site within 3 months of the Minister’s approval of the revised proposals.
Stringent conditions with regard to the conduct of the works – relating to the protection of the national monument while work is ongoing, the use of appropriate materials in the restoration, the supervision of the work by his Department, the conduct of archaeological investigations throughout the project and measures to alleviate environmental impacts such as noise, dust, vibration – have also been applied.
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