A High Court judge has declared that buildings on and around Moore Street constitute a “battlefield site” owing to their role in the 1916 Rising – meaning that they must now be protected as a national monument.
The news has been warmly welcomed by those who were campaigning against the Arts and Heritage Minister's support for construction of a large shopping centre on the site.
James Connolly Heron – the great-grandson of executed rebel leader James Connolly – was involved in the campaign to preserve the buildings in their current form.
"Today is an amazing day for us and there’s a lot of work remains to be done. But certainly today shows that on each and every occasion that we have met with government officials, various ministers, we have been correct in asserting that what is at stake here is the future of the birthplace of the nation.
“This area of the Moore Street area is the last extant 1916 battle field. It must be preserved and protected at all costs. So the campaign continues.”