Richmond RFC to discover Limerick City Council plans to develop new entrance

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

RICHMOND Rugby Club will find out next week whether Limerick City Council has approved its plans to develop a new entrance.

RICHMOND Rugby Club will find out next week whether Limerick City Council has approved its plans to develop a new entrance.

The city east club is seeking to replace an existing unauthorised pedestrian entrance from Drominbeg with a combined vehicular and pedestrian entrance, and a new access road.

The club also wants to close off vehicular access from the Canal Bank and replace this with a pedestrian stile instead.

But the application has drawn some controversy, with Labour councillor Gerry McLoughlin opposing the club’s proposal.

Having opposed a plan to build 70 homes on the land in 2009, Cllr McLoughlin believes the current application represents a precursor to this.

Previously, Richmond had an agreement in place with developers McCarthy and Woulfe to hand over their current playing field for residential development in return for the construction of a new home ground and club house on a site nearby.

But these plans ground to a halt after city council refused planning permission.

Fianna Fail’s city was councillor Kieran O’Hanlon, who is on Richmond’s development committee, said there are no plans for more housing.

Previously he described Cllr McLoughlin’s comments as “a disgrace”, adding: “Gerry McLoughlin did everything in his power to stop the club providing facilities for the youth of St Patrick’s and St John’s parishes. We would have been better off it he had stayed in Wales a few years back, but let me assure Cllr McLoughlin Richmond has been providing for the local youth for decades and will be doing the same long after he has gone.”