This is a great watch. As Patrick Cooney from the campaign to save Moore Street asks, in 2016 will visiting world leaders find the laneways of 1916 or a shopping centre?
While I find it difficult to pay too much heed to politicians of green or blue stock, the relatives and campaigners, along with ordinary Dubliners going about their business, make this video an excellent insight into the issues. Lord Mayor Gerry Breen seems more concerned about a retail gap on O’Connell Street than Moore Street. “I come from a business background” he notes, before asking “how relevant is 1916 to the Facebook generation?”
This is the same Gerry Breen who recently welcomed anti begging laws in the city centre by noting:
I would have encountered eight beggars on a short walk through the city now I’m seeing just one. Begging is much more random now and it is not as pervasive or aggressive as it was before the new Act came into force.
Over 4,000 people have joined the ‘Save 16 Moore Street’ group on Facebook. Why don’t you become 4,013?