Arts Minister Minister Heather Humphreys yesterday announced the state’s plan to ‘acquire’ the building at 16 Moore Street (and adjacent houses), the last HQ of the leaders of the Easter Rising.
An Taisce [the National Trust] write:
This is not the first time that the state has acquired this building, as an acquisition was originally announced by Dublin City Council in 2003. The City Development Plan twice incorporated the fact that the building would be saved and turned into a museum.
Then various potentially controversial agreements between senior city officials and developers were reported by a number of press outlets including Village Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, and a documentary on TG4.
This combined with the property crash has ensured that the buildings have languished since. We call for the events to be fully explained in order for public confidence to be restored and to ensure that such a mess never again occurs.
Environmental campaignerRuadhán MacEoin writes:
So the obvious question now is, how on earth did the state manage to ‘lose’ the house the first time around?
(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)