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Surprise Moore Street judgment leaves Government in a quandary

As the final battlefield of the 1916 Rising, it deserves its national monument designation

The judge gave short shrift to claims made on behalf of acting Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys that plaintiff Colm Moore, a nominee of the 1916 Relatives Association, was engaged in an “abuse of process” in taking his case for a more extensive definition of the area needing protection, beyond the four buildings covered by a 2007 preservation order.

It was claimed that Mr Moore “has no real gripe against the State, and that his true intention is to frustrate Chartered Land in its development of a plot of land and properties sometimes referred to as “Dublin Central”. Notwithstanding that this is a most serious contention to make, no evidence has been advanced by the Minister’s legal team to support it.”