Residents of Limerick estate living in ‘total darkness’

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Residents of thew Derrynane Estate are unhappy [Picture: Google Streetview]
RESIDENTS in a city estate have been living in “total darkness”, as a large majority of the area’s public lighting has not been in use for more than two years.

RESIDENTS in a city estate have been living in “total darkness”, as a large majority of the area’s public lighting has not been in use for more than two years.

Residents in the Derrynane estate, on the Old Cork Road, contacted the Limerick Leader last week to express their concerns over the lack of lighting, which they say has contributed to an increase in anti-social behaviour.

One concerned resident, who did not wish to be named, said that residents have contacted Limerick City and County Council regarding the issue, but have yet to receive a response.

He said that, alongside growing anti-social behaviour, the estate is now a danger for children playing in the evenings.

“The kids still play up there after school, but the evenings are getting darker. It seems to me that they are just waiting for someone to get hit with a car. There’s one block in particular, where they are seen to be hanging around.

“It’s just not safe here anymore. There’s just poor visibility here. Anything happens here. People have had their cars stolen from their house recently. During the summer, one couple came home after attending a wedding. They drove home. It was dark when they went to bed, and when they got up, their car was gone,” he explained.

Limerick City and County Council were contacted in relation to the issue but have not commented to date.