31/03/15

31/03/2015: Government to acquire National Monument at Moore Street, Dublin – Minister Humphreys

Government to acquire National Monument at Moore Street, Dublin – Minister Humphreys

31 March 2015: The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Tuesday) announced that the Government is to acquire the National Monument at Nos. 14-17 Moore Street. The decision will allow for a 1916 Commemorative Centre to be developed at the site.

No. 16 Moore Street was the location of the final council of war of the Leaders of the 1916 Rising and is where the decision to surrender was made.  The house at No. 16, together with the surrounding buildings at Nos. 14, 15 and 17, were declared a national monument in 2007.

Minister Heather Humphreys will bring further proposals to Government shortly outlining plans to safeguard and fully restore the buildings, and to create a 1916 Commemorative Centre on the site. The requisite approval under the National Monuments Acts is already in place for the restoration project and the proposed Commemorative Centre.

Today’s decision means that:

  • the Moore Street national monument will now come into public ownership
  • the long-term future of this historical landmark is secured
  • the 1916 Commemorative Centre to be developed on the site will be run as a public facility with access for citizens and visitors alike
  • the new Commemorative Centre will enhance and complement the 1916 visitor facility currently being developed in the GPO

Speaking this afternoon Minister Humphreys said:

“I am delighted that the Government is demonstrating its commitment to saving the National Monument at Nos. 14-17 Moore Street, which has such special significance as we move towards the 2016 Commemorations.  This puts an end to the uncertainty surrounding the future of these buildings and ensures that they will be accessible to all who are interested in the history of the 1916 Rising. I hope that this project will be completed during the Centenary Year as a fitting tribute to the leaders of the Easter Rising.”

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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