Limerick housing scheme gets green light

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A digger clears the way for a new development at O'Malley Park
COUNCILLORS have given the go-ahead to one of the largest projects to be delivered under the regeneration programme.

COUNCILLORS have given the go-ahead to one of the largest projects to be delivered under the regeneration programme.

At this week’s metropolitan district meeting, councillors approved the building of a mixed 80-unit residential development at O’Malley Park in Southill.

The proposals will see eight one-bed units, 17 two-bed units, 51 three-bed units, and four four bed units.

The road structure will be redesigned, while there will also be a landscaped public open space.

Sinn Fein’s city east councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh said: “This is something that should be welcomed and I hope a lot of city people get employment from this. It would be shameful to see such a massive piece of work going on there, and for the local community not to be represented.”

Labour councillor Elena Secas reflected this, saying: “I am very glad to see this new development. It will raise the living and well-being of people. From an economic point of view, we must ensure there is employment”

Cllr John Gilligan, Independent, said the council must work hand-in-hand with the community.

“In some parts of the city, regeneration has had a negative effect. We have to be sure we do not lose the confidence of the public. We also need to ensure the left hand knows what the right hand is doing,” he told the meeting.

Fianna Fail’s Kieran O’Hanlon added: “If you drive through O’Malley Park now, it is a sad sight to see. There was great community spirit there. Unfortunately services have not been left there to support the community. They have been left high-and-dry.”

He also warned that low level crime is on the increase.

“Of the 100 extra gardai assigned to Limerick [following the Fitzgerald report], they are down 99 of them. There is now only one extra guard to what we had prior to regeneration. It is absolutely disgraceful,” Cllr O’Hanlon said. Seamus Hayes of the local authority’s housing department said apprenticeships will be used to support local jobs.

Contractors are expected to be on site within two months, with the project expected to take 15 months.