Minister says he needs to approve Moore St changes

Moore Street

Moore Street

Despite planning permission for development between Moore Street and O’Connell Street, the Minister of the Environment says his approval is needed.

“I am aware that An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for development on the site that includes the Moore St monument. This permission does not supersede the Preservation Order already in place and the Minister’s consent will still be required for any development works that may affect the buildings covered by the Order,” said John Gormley, Minister, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

In January 2007, his predecessor placed a Preservation Order on 14 to 17 Moore Street under the National Monuments Acts. He said the Preservation Order was made on the grounds that the buildings are a monument, the preservation of which is of national importance by reason of its historical importance as the final headquarters of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The current minister was answering written Dail questions from Charlie O’Connor (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail) and Aengus O Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein).

Gormley added: “The appropriateness of any proposed works will be carefully examined against the historical background of the buildings if and when such a consent application is submitted.”

Answering a question from O Snodaigh on the possibility of extending the order to other property on the street, Gormley said: “There are no proposals at present to extend the scope of the Preservation Order.”

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