Arising from a meeting on April 27th in Dublin by a group of relatives of the Easter Week 1916 Rising and politicians from the Irish Parliamentary Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Connolly Heron, great-grandson of Irish Citizens Army leader James Connolly, said that the campaign to protect Dublin's historic Moore Street area will one of the most important preservation campaigns since Wood Quay in the 1970's. The comments were made following a tour around the area of the General Post Office and Moore Street which is scheduled to be redeveloped.
In March the An Bord Pleanala ( The Planning Board) approved planning permission for a major development of the Carlton Cinema site which occupies a 2.7 hectare site taking in most of a block of Upper O'Connell Street and fronting onto Henry Street, Moore Street, O' Rahilly Parade, Parade and Parnell Street. This area covers most of the route taken by the leaders of the Easter Week 1916 Rising after they left the General Post Office where they had been for mist of the week and 16 Moore Street which was their final headquarters and where the decision to surrender was taken.
Developer Joe O'Reilly, who built the south Dublin Dundrum Town Centre, has been granted planning permission granted for an 800,000 sq. ft. development comprising 98 retail units, 69 residential units, 12050 sq. ft. of restaurants and coffee houses and parking for 700 cars.
Addressing the Parliamentary Committee. John Heron Connolly, who is a member of the ' Save 16 Moore Street Committee ', said that the State needed to a proactive role in the preservation of the area, an issue which was too important to left in the hands of a private developer. Nos. 14 to 17 Moore Street is a designated National Monument and under the development plans the facade of the buildings will be preserved and an a 1916 Rising Commemorative Centre constructed in No.16. However campaigners are proposing that the interior of the these building be preserved in its original condition as this was where the leaders of the 1916 met for the last time and have called on the Government to establish a museum in it along the lines of the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam.