DUBLIN City Council has offered to pay Moore Street traders €200,000 for redevelopment disruption months before planning permission was granted, the Irish Sun has learned.
And the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage offered to buy a sweetener worth €300,000 last year as part of a similar deal.
DCC gave the green light for the first phase of redevelopment of Moore Street and Henry Street last week despite local outcry and the presentation of alternative proposals by local groups.
Hundreds of people gathered at the historic site yesterday to protest the decision.
The Irish Sun understands that DCC officials contacted the stall owners in April 2021 before the planning application was submitted, asking them to pay a total of €1.5 million over four years for inconvenience when the work is carried out.
After representing the public and merchants promoting protected livelihoods, developer Hammerson agreed to pay €1 million, DCC €200,000 while the Ministry would pay the rest.
Local businesses say the compo offer from a non-developer agency “undermines the democratic process”. And sources close to the deal say it’s “very strange for a council to enter into a joint proposal with a developer.”
The Moore Street Advisory Group was formed in August 2020 with the mission of finding direction for the besieged street, which is plagued by anti-social issues and lower commuter rates in recent years. recent years.
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The group reported to Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan in May 2021, at which point the stall owners were offered 1.5 million euros.
The agreement, which officials said in the letter is not legally binding, is to assist with sustaining livelihoods and the inconvenience of navigating the streets after construction begins.
A full agreement will be drafted and agreed upon by the four parties before redevelopment begins.
In the first day of this month two apps relating to the historic 1916 battlefield site and adjacent Henry Street have received planning permission from DCC.
Local butcher Stephen Troy, who condemn the decision is “the biggest planning mistake in Irish history to date”, told the Irish Sun: “Incredibly, the Department of Estates and Housing and DCC have been designated as contributors to the fund to compensate. Moore Street Merchant.
“This shows that DCC not only contributes but also creates the same compensation fund to facilitate a private developer who will later apply for planning permission to DCC?
“These actions completely undermine the democratic planning process.”
The Chairman of Dublin Business Alliance 1 added: “The Department of Heritage’s goal is to preserve and manage Irishunique heritage of.
“However, they are contributing funds to remove a 300-year-old market that has been steeped in history, culture and heritage during its 10 years of construction. It is very unlikely that the market will return after 10 years have passed.”
The MSAG report includes key recommendations for the future of the area, including the way forward for the 1916 national monument at 14-17 Moore Street (which is owned by the State), the Moore Street market and the Hammerson plan for the site.
Meanwhile, the Cultural Quarter Bill of 1916 was introduced by Sinn Fein TD Aengus O’Snodaigh last year and aims to preserve the historic area received the unanimous backing of Dail and remains at the commission stage.
A DCC spokesperson said: “The issue of compensation for Street Traders was proposed by the Moore St. This recommendation is still under review”.
And a Department of Housing spokesman said: “It should be emphasized that any compensation paid by the Department/OPW will only be for works on national monument buildings.”
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