07/07/16

Minister Humphreys confirms Chair of new Moore St consultative group

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Thursday) announced that she is appointing Mr Gerry Kearney, former Secretary General of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, as Chair of the new Moore Street consultative group.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“There is a range of views about what is the best way forward for Moore St and what can be done to retain its historic character and to reflect the part it played in the events of Easter 1916. In a bid to bring together these views and seek positive progress in relation to the future of the street, I announced last month that I am establishing a consultative group.

“I am pleased to announce that Gerry Kearney, the former Secretary General of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has agreed to Chair the group. My intention is that the group would have the freedom to examine and discuss the range of relevant issues within the framework of this broad objective so that they can engage fully with their task. This process will of course be led by the Chair.

“It is intended that the group will include cross-party Oireachtas membership, as well as representatives of relevant stakeholders, including Dublin City Council, 1916 relatives and the street traders. The group will be given administrative support by my Department and I look forward to its formation as soon as possible so that work can begin on charting a way forward.”

ENDS

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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