Statue of Molly Malone, at the bottom of Grafton Street, DublinGoogle Images

Dublin's Molly Malone may be wheeling her wheelbarrow from Grafton Street on an unlikely world tour shortly.

According to plans are afoot to temporarily remove her and some of Dublin's most famous monuments during construction of the new Luas tramcar line.

The John Murray Show on RTE has reported this morning that Molly Mallone could travel as far afield as Melbourne, Australia, for a few weeks.

The story first broke in The Sunday Times last week.

The monuments under consideration include Molly Malone, the Lady Grattan fountain, the statue of Thomas Moore on College Green, Jim Larkin, Father Matthew, and several other landmark monuments that line the route from Saint Stephen’s Green to Broadstone.

The work on the tram lines is still waiting on the go ahead from the Irish government, but is unlikely to begin until May 2013. Meanwhile the monuments that line the route could be locked away for up to two years.

'They’ll be carefully stored by specialist heritage contractors,' a spokesman for the Railway Procurement Agency told the press.

The planned Luas tram line will link up  two existing lines between Saint Stephen’s Green and Connolly Station.

What do you think about Molly being moved?