High Court action on Moore St site adjourned for two weeksMonday 11 January 2016 23.53
A High Court action by the 1916 Relatives Association aimed at preventing the demolition of certain buildings on Moore Street has been adjourned for two weeks.
The Court was told that an undertaking had been given not to demolish any buildings in the meantime.
The action against the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht was taken by Colm Moore, a nominee of the 1916 Relatives Association.
Mr Moore, from Sandyford Road in Dublin, had looked for an injunction to prevent the demolition or interference with buildings numbered 13 to 19 on Moore St pending the outcome of judicial review proceedings.
However, the Court was told the injunction would not be needed as an undertaking had been given not to demolish any buildings before the case returns to court.
The Court was told the case concerned the national monument at 14-17 Moore Street and related to "determining what is a national monument".
Lawyers for Minister Heather Humphreys said it involved the establishment of a commemorative centre for the 1916 rising so there was a certain urgency to the case.
Mr Justice Noonan said a hearing date could be make available on 2 February and adjourned the case for two weeks, when it will return to court for a progress report.
In a sworn statement, Mr Moore said scaffolding and hoarding had been erected around the buildings in the past week and there was particular concern about the removal of certain aspects of the front exterior facades of the terrace at numbers 14-17.
He said these building were protected and preserved under the National Monuments Act.
The case centres on a dispute over the historical significance of some of the buildings on either side of the national monument.
Numbers 14-17 were designated as national monuments.
They are believed to be the last buildings where the leaders of the rising gathered.
Mr Moore argues that the designation should extend to the lands and buildings at numbers 13, 18 and 19.
He also claims lands and buildings at numbers 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19 Moore Lane are protected by law.
Leave to seek a judicial review was granted in December and the full hearing could take place next month.
Meanwhile, a separate group of protestors with similar demands continue to occupy number 18 Moore Street.
Many of their supporters will move to City Hall this evening for a demonstration before the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council during which the issue is expected to be raised through emergency motions.
Councillors call on Minister to cancel plans
Dublin City Councillors have called on Ms Humphreys to cancel plans for the demolition of the buildings on Moore St.
Motions calling for the rejuvenation of the street and surrounding area as an "historic quarter" were passed at a meeting of the council this evening.
The motions call for the purchase and retention by the Government of the whole terrace on Moore St from number 10-25 and an "urban framework plan" to cover the entire area bounded by Moore St, O'Connell St, Henry St and Parnell St, which would include a 1916 commemorative centre.
It also calls on Ms Humphreys to meet with the Moore St Forum, which consists of all the stakeholders as well the rejuvenation of the street and its market trading.
The motion was signed by leaders of Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, the Green Party, People Before Profit, the Left Technical Group and the Independents group.
It was passed by 39 votes in favour, 3 against with 4 abstentions.
A separate motion calling on the Government to purchase the terrace was also passed.