‘Eyesore’ flats in Limerick set to be razed

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A BLOCK of flats in Rathbane which have become an “eyesore” are to be demolished.

A BLOCK of flats in Rathbane which have become an “eyesore” are to be demolished.

Limerick City Council has already acted to demolish 70 flats in Sycamore Avenue.

And at this week’s housing meeting, Cllr Ger Fahy confirmed that, following his representations, the remaining five will be razed to the ground.

The government has set aside €10m funding for demolition works, and the flats on Sycamore Avenue were earmarked.

Since the residents moved out of the flats nine years ago, they have become a magnet for anti-social behaviour, with fires started as a result.

Local residents have been left concerned for the safety of their children, Cllr Fahy added.

“These flats back onto the railway line, and are being attacked all the time. They have been set on fire on a number of occasions, they are falling apart, and they look absolutely dreadful. This is well overdue. It is an eyesore for what is a lovely area,” he added, saying he hopes demolition will be complete within a year.