State to appeal High Court ruling extending the national monument on Moore Street

Enda Kenny says parts of the ruling could hamper the redevelopment of the site

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Protesters occupied buildings on Moore Street back in January | Image: Rollingnews.ie

It has been confirmed that the State will appeal the High Court ruling extending the national monument on Moore Street in Dublin.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says certain parts of the ruling, issued in March of this year, need to be clarified.

The ruling extended the boundary of the national monument around the buildings from which the 1916 leaders surrendered.

It comes as Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys announced she intends to establish a Moore Street consultative group, "as a means to make positive progress in relation to the future of the street."

The Taoiseach says parts of the court ruling could hamper the redevelopment of the site.

"If you were to proceed ahead now without the Court of Appeal determining elements of this judgement, you could actually put at risk the determination of the national monument at 14-17 [Moore Street], the expenditure that's been paid out for that and the work that has been undertaken in terms of restoration," he said.

Minister Humphreys said: “The decision to appeal the High Court ruling does not mean we cannot find a way forward for Moore Street. There are a range of views in relation to what is the best way to proceed."

The news has been met with a mixed response from Opposition politicians.

Sinn Féin's Peadar Tóibín said the appeal shows a 'continuing crusade' against the monument.

In a statement, Deputy Tóibín said: “Instead of proceeding with a new historical and cultural quarter that would be of value to generations of Irish people, the Government’s decision commits hundreds of thousands of euro of citizens’ money to an appeal that will prolong the dereliction of the area or, in the worst case scenario, obliterate much of the streetscape of the Rising.”

Labour's arts spokesperson Joan Burton suggested the consultative group was a 'welcome if belated' move.

"I have seen the properties in Moore St and they are in a very precarious condition, but they are the very heart of the story of the 1916 Rising, and it would be reprehensible if the Government were to allow the Centenary year pass without any real progress being made to bring about a long-term solution," she said.