The Green Party has welcomed the announcement that renewal works on Moore Street will be included as part of a €430 million investment in Dublin development projects. The Green Party launched A Vision for Moore Street and submitted a proposal document for the area to Dublin City Council last month.
The €121m renewal project for North Inner City Dublin announced today includes public realm renewal works for Moore Street such as lighting, public art, paving, stalls, and signage; and structural and restoration works to 14-17 Moore Street to rejuvenate this historic street and create an iconic visitor attraction.
“I’m pleased to see funding for regeneration projects allocated to Dublin, and particularly funds earmarked for restoration works on Moore Street. It is crucial that the voices of market traders and local communities are heard in the discussion of how the monies will be spent. The additional funding for improving Parnell Square aligns well with the Green Party Vision for the wider Moore Street area. Hopefully, it will no longer be a racetrack for speeding motorists. Public realm improvements benefit everyone, and these funds can provide a real boost for Dublin’s inner city.”
Councillor Donna Cooney, who chaired the expert group on the Moore Street market and the Lord Mayor’s Forum, said:
“I’m delighted with the funding for Moore Street, this area really needs investment in regeneration and many of these works were included in our report to Minister Malcolm Noonan in February. Moore Street has huge potential and this will help reactivate one of the most important trading streets in the city.
“I am also really delighted with the funds for the historic 14-17 Moore Street buildings. My relative Elizabeth O’Farrell was in these houses in 1916 and she carried the flag of surrender out of 15 Moore Street after the Council of War. This funding is the beginning of a protection of 1916 heritage and a revitalisation of the market.”
The Green Party’s Vision for Moore Street calls for an Architectural Conservation Area to be prepared for Moore Street and its surroundings, and for mixed-use new development that is in sympathy with the area’s history and heritage. Moore Street and its immediate surroundings have suffered from decades of neglect. There is now an extraordinary opportunity to commemorate the past and permit development in sympathy with its surroundings.
Neasa Hourigan TD said:
“I am delighted to see this much needed funding allocated to Dublin 1. There is so much of our national history here that needs to be protected and made accessible to everyone.”
The vision document also emphasises that central government, market traders, retailers, landowners, and Dublin City Council must work together. It acknowledges the work undertaken by the Expert Group on Moore Street, the Lord Mayor’s Forum on Moore Street, the 1916 Relatives Groups and others. However, it says urgent action is required to halt deterioration and regenerate the area.
Councillor Janet Horner said:
“It’s brilliant to see the funding come through for these important projects to further realise the cultural potential of the North Inner City. Both Moore Street and Parnell Square are important sites of cultural heritage and history. This funding will help upgrade them to be significant amenities for everyone who lives in and visits the North Inner City.”
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