The decision will allow for a 1916 Commemorative Centre to be developed at the site.
No. 16 Moore Street was the location of the final council of war of the Leaders of the 1916 Rising and is where the decision to surrender was made. The house at No. 16, together with the surrounding buildings at Nos. 14, 15 and 17, were declared a national monument in 2007.
Making the announcement, Minister Heather Humphreys said: "[The decision] puts an end to the uncertainty surrounding the future of these buildings and ensures that they will be accessible to all who are interested in the history of the 1916 Rising. I hope that this project will be completed during the Centenary Year as a fitting tribute to the leaders of the Easter Rising.”
She advised that she will shortly bring further proposals to Government outlining plans to safeguard and fully restore the buildings, and to create a 1916 Commemorative Centre on the site. The requisite approval under the National Monuments Acts is already in place for the restoration project and the proposed Commemorative Centre.
Today’s decision means that:
- the Moore Street national monument will now come into public ownership
- the long-term future of this historical landmark is secured
- the 1916 Commemorative Centre to be developed on the site will be run as a public facility with access for citizens and visitors alike
- the new Commemorative Centre will enhance and complement the 1916 visitor facility currently being developed in the GPO.