Noise levels at Limerick hospital causes ‘distress’ for locals

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Piling rig at UHL has caused 'distress' to local residents
RESIDENTS in Dooradoyle have expressed distress over “unbearable” noise levels coming from construction works at the University Hospital Limerick.

RESIDENTS in Dooradoyle have expressed distress over “unbearable” noise levels coming from construction works at the University Hospital Limerick.

The loud noise levels, according to a UL Hospitals Group spokesperson, has been caused by a piling rig driving concrete piles into the ground to enable the construction of the new Clinical Education and Research Centre.

Concerned resident Tom O’Connor told the Limerick Leader that neighbours in the area are “very annoyed” with the noise levels, and that tremors and vibrations can be felt at home when the drilling takes place.

He added that the hospital did not warn the residents in the Dooradoyle area that the drilling would take place.

Mr O’Connor said that he and his neighbours were informed that the piling would cease on Friday, August 28 or latest Tuesday September 1. A spokesperson for UL hospitals stated that piling would be completed by this Friday.

“UHL would like to reassure residents that ongoing noise monitoring is taking place and levels are below statutory limits. Whilst we do appreciate any distress or discomfort which the noise may cause, and apologise for this, every effort is being made to minimise the disruption. We will be completing the works as speedily as possible and appreciate the ongoing patience of residents in the meantime.”

Fianna Fail Cllr James Collins said that UHL needs to liaise with residents around the hospital campus.