Senator Elisha McCallion has welcomed the news her party has submitted a motion to the Seanad Order Paper condemning the sale of The O’Rahilly’s home in Ballsbridge, and calling on the Government to act now to save Moore Street,
“This Sinn Féin motion condemns the disastrous ruling by An Bord Pleanála to allow for the demolition of another historic Dublin landmark, The O’Rahilly’s house at 40 Herbert Park in Ballsbridge, Dublin, to make way for yet another development of luxury accommodation.
“We are calling on the Minister for Housing and Heritage to make a statement on the matter and on the need to protect our historical built heritage.
“It is now more important than ever to take the initiative in order to ensure that further aspects of our history are not erased in the name of private profit, especially historic buildings and areas related to our revolutionary heritage.
“The motion also calls on the Government to purchase the remainder of the full terrace of houses on Moore Street not currently in State ownership.
“It is vital that this important street can be fully developed into a revolutionary and cultural quarter worthy of the history of the area, that respectfully and proudly tells the story of the Easter Rising and the struggle for Irish freedom.
“This would allow the street to become a must-see tourist destination and place for study, research, education and understanding of our past, present and future.”