Originally Posted by tac foley
Ladies and Gentlemen - I share with you a national disgrace.
Texas has The Alamo, a place of sacrifice where their hero ancestors gave their lives so that the Great State could be born. It is, rightly, a national shrine.
Ireland, a country born out of blood and sacrifice, will have..........Moore Street Shopping Mall.
I really can't think of anything else to say.
What a piece of total BS. Before you think of anything else to say you might first research
the topic and obtain a more accurate assessment. Look up ‘Carleton Cinema Development’ for starters.
That film – I watched just the first few minutes – is a piece of badly put together propaganda that is grossly inaccurate. Firstly, despite its resident population of cowboys, Moore St certainly is not the Irish equivalent of the Alamo. Secondly, what is at issue is ONE BUILDING - #16, Moore Street.
Thirdly, back in 1999 Dublin City councillors granted planning permission to build a very large shopping centre bounded by two of the capital’s main streets. Subsequently, in about 2002 they unanimously passed a motion to protect ‘a safe house’
by the leaders of the 1916 Rising. The house itself (like all of Moore St.) is of absolutely no architectural merit, it is a typically bland four storey late 19c building. Because it has ‘protected’ status it is sacrosanct and the plans for the development include the preservation and integration of the house. Undeservedly so, there were far more buildings that merit saving because of their 1916 links.
Moore St. primarily was a street trader site; most of the native traders have left or died out. Because of many objections/appeals there has been more than a decade of delay and uncertainty. Short leases have been granted on some shops, others have been closed; Moore St and its surrounding area consequently is a dump, dirty, badly rundown and more like downtown Lagos or Kano than a town in Ireland. How anyone would buy food there is beyond me.
Some of the less daft protesters have produced this http://www.gaelicadventure.org/pdfs/h16.pdf
but to their discredit they have not even done basic cleaning/maintenace on the building on which they have a lease!
I support heritage and have been active in several campaigns of merit. In this instance many of the objections & appeals were/are by fringe/nutty or misguided conservationists supported by a few independent politicians (all jumping onto the ‘1916’ bandwagon to get some PR). Because of that there is a large dirty hole for several blocks in the centre of Dublin; it will be years before anything happens to that site. Shame on them all!