Footbridge debate falls off Limerick council agenda

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Footbridge debate falls off Limerick council agenda

An artist’s impression of how the footbridge could look. A design has yet to be proposed and the project faces opposition

WHILE a full debate was expected on a proposed new footbridge over the Shannon in Limerick city at today’s council meeting, this will not now happen.

Limerick City and County Council is seeking to build a footbridge behind the Potato Market, with funding coming from Failte Ireland and an anonymous donor.

But the project has proven controversial, with seven former mayors, plus many members of the public speaking out against the €18m project, citing concerns over the loss of scenery, the amount of money being spent, and danger to the marine wildlife on the water.

The Footbridge Folly Action Group, set up in opposition to the project, had called on members of the public to attend the meeting in County Hall, Dooradoyle, to hear a presentation on the plans.

However, there is no reference to this on today’s council agenda, with s spokesperson for Limerick City and County Council confirming the presentation will not take place due to the fact chief executive Conn Murray is not available.

He had previously pledged to provide more information on the scheme at May’s council meeting.

Labour councillor Joe Leddin said he is “disappointed” the plan will not come up for discussion, and called on the council executive to ensure it appears at the next full meeting, which will co-incide with the election of the new mayor.