Students to gather thoughts on future of Limerick’s city centre

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

POSTgraduate students from the University of Limerick will be in the Milk Market this Saturday, collecting thoughts on the future of the city centre.

POSTgraduate students from the University of Limerick will be in the Milk Market this Saturday, collecting thoughts on the future of the city centre.

UL has teamed up with Limerick City Council for a major review of Limerick City Centre, and this weekend, it is hoped to gain a better understanding of what people want from their city.

The public administration students will be asking members of the public questions around how they feel about the city, why they travel into the centre, how it can be improved, and what they want to see in the future.

Chief among the questions will be what should be done with the Opera Centre site.

Cllr Diarmuid Scully - chairman of the economics and future planning committee, which met at UL two weeks ago - said a number of sessions had already been held among the public. It is hoped that around 1,800 people will give their views on the city’s future.

“There have been a range of thoughts, there are certain themes developing, and hopefully these are things we can move forward and address,” he said.

Once the research has been completed, an ideas document will be presented to Limerick City Council’s economics committee. If it is approved by members, it will go for a full discussion at the City Council meeting, and its contents will feed into the review of the city development plan.

The project is being co-ordinated by Chris McInerney of UL’s politics department.

He worked on a similar project - Ennis 2020 - which came up with a plan for the Clare town to make it “a better community for everyone in the future.”

UL president Prof Don Barry has indicated the institution could have a presence in the city centre in the future on the Opera Centre site.