Regeneration constructuction programme to get underway in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

ALMOST 150 jobs in construction are set to be created after the regeneration authority got the green light to start two major projects.

ALMOST 150 jobs in construction are set to be created after the regeneration authority got the green light to start two major projects.

Seventy much needed jobs in construction are to be created immediately in Cliona Park, after regeneration chief Brendan Kenny confirmed that construction on a residential scheme for the elderly will kick off next Tuesday, August 2.

And a further 70 jobs are slated for Southill with a similar scheme expected to get the go-ahead shortly.

Both schemes are major parts of the multi-million euro regeneration process, which has been held up in recent years.

And Mr Kenny said further jobs boosts are expected in the coming weeks. Once the two schemes are up and running, he said, there will also be a number of administrative positions available.

The southside regeneration agency has applied for planning permission with Limerick City Council for the construction of two to three storey residential accommodation for older people on a patch of land behind the LEDP.

The scheme will consist of 13 one-bed apartments, 21 two bed apartments, and one care takers apartment with a separate guest room.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Mr Kenny said: “Our estimate for the project in Moyross is for a similar size, and this would create 71 jobs over the course of construction. We have no reason to disbelieve that this project could create something similar.”

He said although the regeneration process has stalled in recent years, things are beginning to move again.

“Over the last three months, there has been more progress than a long time before this. The big issue over the last two years has been uncertainty. We have had to go along with that, but things are beginning to pick up,” he said, “This is not just about providing much needed housing, and kick starting regeneration, this is also about creating jobs.”