THE €5.7m plans for the redevelopment of Limerick’s historic King John’s Castle have been approved by Limerick City Council, in spite of deep reservations and concerns by councillors.
The plans, which have been heralded as among “the most important to come before City Hall in many years”, aim to double tourist numbers to the city’s medieval quarter to 80,000.
Works are likely to start this autumn, and are expected to be completed in mid-2012 to celebrate the castle’s 800th anniversary.
Only Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan abstained from the vote on the plans, while the 16 other city councillors gave the plans the green light.
Shannon Development, who have proposed the plans and secured Government funding, must now engage with traders and residents in the Nicholas Street area, among eight conditions set out by the council.