Minister urged to intervene in plans for King John’s Castle

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

AN OBJECTOR to plans for the redevelopment of King John’s Castle has written to the Minister for Finance and the CEO of Failte Ireland, calling for them to intervene in the works by Shannon Development.

AN OBJECTOR to plans for the redevelopment of King John’s Castle has written to the Minister for Finance and the CEO of Failte Ireland, calling for them to intervene in the works by Shannon Development.

Failte Ireland have funded €4.7m of the €5.7m works, which are due to be completed next year in time for its 800th anniversary, with the remainder has been allocated by Shannon Development.

Now, Limerick City Council are due to vote on the controversial plans, by way of a majority decision, on Monday next, May 23.

But objector Simon Spratt has written to Minister Michael Noonan, urging him to take a close look at the plans.

He said he believes the allocation of funds are a “continued and misguided misuse of King John’s Castle and substantial taxpayers’ funds.”

The 38-year-old freelance IT consultant wrote in the letter: “Many millions have already been poured into multiple attempts by Shannon Development to add value to this ancient icon of Limerick city; all have failed to return the investment and deliver on past promises. He said the democratic process involved in this Part 8 procedure has been made void, and “real citizen engagement” with the plans has not been allowed.