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Dunbar joins the battle to save Dublin street at centre of Easter Rising


Adrian Dunbar is backing the campaign. Credit: Ian West

Adrian Dunbar is backing the campaign. Credit: Ian West

Saoirse Ronan. Credit: Gareth Cattermole

Saoirse Ronan. Credit: Gareth Cattermole


Adrian Dunbar is backing the campaign. Credit: Ian West

Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar is among a host of Irish celebrities who have come together to fight for the preservation of Dublin’s Moore Street, a landmark of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Alongside the Fermanagh actor are prominent musicians and artists, including film star Saoirse Ronan, painter Robert Ballagh, musicians Liam O Maonlai, Christy Moore and Frances Black, as well as Star Trek actress Fionnuala Flanagan, poets Theo Dorgan and Paula Meehan, and historian Tim Pat Coogan.

The  Alliance for the Preservation of Moore Street made a submission to Dublin City Counci last week objecting to plans to redevelop the historic area.

Redevelopment plans by multinational property firm Hammerson include a hotel, public plaza, restaurants, shops, offices, a cultural space and 94 apartments.

Moore Street  was the scene of the final surrender of the 1916 rebels and is located close to the GPO in O’Connell Street. 

Dunbar, who stars as senior anti-corruption police officer Ted Hastings in the award-winning BBC show, recorded a video supporting the campaign to save Moore Street.

In the video Mr Dunbar says: “I would like to say congratulations and well done to the relatives of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation and the Moore Street Preservation Trust on the launch of their plan for the preservation of the Moore Street battlefield site.

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“Best of luck and I will see you in the future.”

Campaigners have been fighting for decades to save 1916 sites on the street.

Moore Street Preservation Trust spokesman James Connolly Heron said: “If the Hammerson plans are granted permission and allowed to proceed, the Moore Street 1916 battlefield site would become a building site for at least 15 years.

"This is the time being applied for by the company to complete the Moore Street side of its overall project, which also includes O’Connell Street.

"In no way should this multinational company be allowed to subject our city centre to this for a decade-and-a-half.

“The Hammerson plan would partly demolish and split in two the historic terrace 10-25 Moore Street, which was occupied by the evacuated GPO garrison in 1916. 

"The remaining buildings would be dwarfed by seven and nine-storey buildings housing hotels and offices.”

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