As the Deputy is aware, the Moore Street Advisory Group (MSAG) was established in May 2017 to represent and work with all stakeholders (including the owner of the development site surrounding the State owned National Monument at Nos. 14 - 17 Moore St) to help broker regeneration solutions that can be supported by all concerned.
I received the report of the MSAG in August and would like to sincerely thank the members of the Group for their invaluable contributions made over the last two and a half years. I am conscious of the huge voluntary commitment by all concerned. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Deputy herself for her genuine and unstinting dedication to the work of the Group and, in particular, her support for the traders on Moore Street.
Among the recommendations in the MSAG's report are that:
- there is an urgent need to secure the fabric of the national monument at Nos. 14 to 17 Moore Street and that the MSAG confirms its support for the OPW to carry out this process as soon as possible;
- my Department should develop a scoping document on the potential for an increased State and State supported heritage and culture presence in the area;
- an expert group should be appointed by Dublin City Council to lead the urgent regeneration of the Moore Street market; and
- the MSAG should be reconfigured to a smaller more focussed group in order to move the process forward as quickly as possible.
I would like to assure the Deputy that work is underway on all of these recommendations. In particular, I can confirm that I have written to Dublin City Council to ask it to act on the recommendation for the expert group to lead the regeneration of the street market which I understand was discussed at the Council’s monthly meeting on Monday, 2 September.
I look forward to the Advisory Group moving on to the next phase of its task and to seeing this part of the centre of our capital city restored to its former glory and in a manner which is sensitive to the memory and courage of the men and women and to the events of 1916.