A new report has issued a number of recommendations to protect Moore Street and also to help the traders in the area.
It’s after the High Court ruled last year that the buildings and locations in and around Moore Street were to be protected as a 1916 battlefield site.
The Moore Street Consultative Group was set up look at how best to protect the area and it’s issued a number of recommendations. They include:
- endorsing the vision for the development of Moore Street and its lanes as part of an historic cultural quarter.
- retaining the area so it captures the broad sense of what it looked like during 1916.
- allowing historical structures to be demolished.
- setting up a historical and tourist trail incorporating the GPO and Moore Street.
James Connolly-Heron is the great grandson of James Connolly. He said: ‘‘The report vindicates our position that the GPO/Moore Street area is a 1916 battlefield and is worthy of being preserved as a historical quarter. The street is of crucial importance historically. It’s the birth place arguably of the Republic and where five of the signatories of the Proclamation spent their freedom before their execution.’’
The report also recommends regenerating the Moore Street market to its full street potential. This includes recommendations to extend trading hours to later in the night and allowing traders to open on Sunday. It’s also looking to get rid of the ‘’Three Strikes and You’re Out’’ rule.
Margaret Hanway has sold fish in Moore Street for years and is welcoming the report.:
'‘The report looks good for our future which we definitely need. At the moment we are living in a construction site and it’s terrible. The whole street is deplorable at the moment and its degrading. We’re not so happy now. We had a lovely vibrant street years ago and everyone was happy to go into it.’'
The Arts Minister says she will now look at the report and consider its recommendations.