THE chief executive of the Limerick Regeneration Agencies says he believes “pockets of Southill” are worse off now compared to when the regeneration process began five years ago.
Brendan Kenny made his comments as he briefed members of the City Council’s Social Policy and Housing SPC for the final time before the regeneration agencies are disbanded in June.
From June 15, the regeneration programme will come under the remit of Limerick City Council and from next year it will be the responsibility of the new authority for Limerick city and county.
Addressing this week’s meeting, Mr Kenny said a lot of progress has been made since 2007 but he acknowledged that problems remain in some areas of the city.
“Progress has been made in a number of areas but the area where progress has been the weakest is in certain parts of Southill.
Mr Kenny said all four regeneration areas were in an “awful condition” in 2007 and he says it is hard to explain why parts of Southill have been left behind.
“It’s a very difficult thing to put your finger on, there is criminality involved, there is antisocial behaviour involved being perpertrated by young people which is very difficult for the gardai to solve,” he said.
Brendan Kenny, who will return to Dublin City Council in the summer said the lack of progress is disappointing.
“It is a big frustration for us and it is a big disappointment that we have not been able to achieve more and rightly some people in those areas in Southill can say that their living conditions and their current environment is worse than what it was five years ago,” he said.
Oliver O’Loughlin, interim director of regeneration at Limerick City Council, has confirmed that the regeneration offices at Watchhouse Cross in Moyross and at the LEDP in Roxboro will be retained by the local authority once its takes over responsibility for regeneration.