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Limerick priest appeals for roof funds

Appeal: Father Tony O'Riordan

Appeal: Father Tony O'Riordan

 

THE parish priest of Moyross has called on government to provide €100,000 to replace the roof of the area’s youth club.

The Bays youth centre, which was built around 20 years ago, is no longer fit for purpose, Fr Tony O’Riordan says, with its roof allowing water in whenever it rains.

The roof is beyond repair, while the inside of the building also needs urgent attention, he added.

When it rains, the centre is forced to close as the water seeps inside.

“The children of Moyross need proper facilities. We either need to upgrade the current building, or provide a new build. But the issue of the roof is critical. We can do some minor repairs internally to keep functioning. But we cannot function is the roof is leaking,” he said.

In the original regeneration plans, unveiled in 2008, there were proposals for a brand new youth centre on the site of the Bays.

Fr O’Riordan says even a modest investment back then could have made a difference.

He said: “In some ways, it has been a victim of some of the more heady days of regeneration where some of the more modest investments could have been made, but these were put on hold.”

Fr O’Riordan, who chairs the committee of the Bays centre, is putting together a costed proposal to the Department of Justice which owns the complex.

But he warned the €100,000 figure is “conservative”.

“It [the roof] has just expired, and is beyond a patching up which would make it waterproof,” he said, “Water lodges on the roof when it rains”.

After the storms earlier this year, Limerick City and Council allocated €5,000 for emergency repairs to the roof.

But Fr O’Riordan says this is not enough.

He said: “The agencies have been aware of this issue for many years, and I don’t see the urgency to really deal with it. If this was a courthouse, or an office housing civil servants, this matter would be sorted: either an alternative building would be sourced, or the roof would be repaired.”

 

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