There is great potential for an appropriate restoration and renovation of Moore St for craft type shops, for enterprises and especially for housing. And all of this alongside the street trading tradition so defended by the late Tony Gregory.
Last week I was delighted to have been asked to ‘cut the ribbon’ to open the new Boots Pharmacy in the ILAC Centre; 14 jobs there. Another positive development in bringing people into the city to shop. I was there early so I had a chat with the traders on Moore Street, the fish ladies who work so hard on the stall that has been in their family for generations.
The Dail group on Moore St met Minister Deenihan yesterday. I asked would he call on Chartered Land/NAMA to gift the historical area of Moore St to the nation with the funding from NAMA for an appropriate restoration. The Minister says he has no authority to make this request!
The other point was to ask if it can be assured that when the designated National Monument 14 – 17 Moore St is restored that the surrounding area will be appropriate to its historical significance?
Will the surrounding area still be derelict?
How appropriate will that be for the centenary?
Or will the proposal for a massive shopping mall go ahead and how appropriate is that?
It will dwarf and dominate the National Monument.
Another serious aspect is if planning permission runs out the site could be sold on to another developer. His point is he is only responsible for 14 – 17 Moore St and that he cannot interfere with An Bord Pleanala decision. Public pressure might work for the gifting of area plus the developer is bankrupt and does not have funding for the development. I am waiting to hear from relatives group. Please Like & Share.
Photo credit: William Murphy