On our campaign group’s 475th week (10th year) of Saturday stall in Moore Street, our foireann consisted of Bróna, Deirdre, Orla, Eileen agus Diarmuid.
We never know whether it’s going to be very busy or not but this Saturday we had to go and get more leaflets twice and petition-signing sheets once.
We usually have people tell us their connections to the street market, or to the fight for Irish independence – the two main areas of our conservation fight in Moore Street, as it happens. This week we had Esther and Colette Egan, whose father was related through in-laws to the two sisters who had fruit and vegetable stalls, Keogh and Munro, up at the very Henry Street end (around where the flower stalls are nowadays).
People passed us in Moore Street on their way to another Palestinian solidarity march scheduled to start this time from the Spire at 1.00pm, some stopping to sign. We stay at least until 1.30 to complete our two hours but we wrapped up quickly on the dot for those who planned to attend.
AIMSIR: Bhí sé scamallach ach bog.
We have decided to appeal the refusal of information from the Council’s Legal Department about the High Court case the property speculator Hammerson is taking against DCC and of course will have to pay the appeal charge. The only information we were given was the date scheduled to begin hearing the case, which we were informed is to be on 12th December.
We remind our readers again that, as we posted last week The Village magazine for Oct/ Nov. 2023 carried an article referring to an observation in appeal by Stephen Troy of Troy’s Butchers against Dublin City Council granting planning permission quoting alleged correspondence from the Chairperson of the Minister’s Advisory Group on Moore Street. The text quoted points to a person supposed to be an independent Chairperson organising a payoff for Moore Street traditional traders so that they support the MAGMS report and even the Hammerson plan. We included a photo of the article.
We omitted to mention last week that we applied to join the MAGMS and were refused. Sadly not one of those groups or individuals who were accepted went on the record to object to our exclusion.